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Grover Cleveland

22nd and 24th President of the United States

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Grover Cleveland was born on March 18, 1837, in Caldwell. While still young, his family moved to New York. He was admitted to the bar in Buffalo in 1859. He rose through political offices to become Governor of New York in 1882. As an independent and honest administrator, he earned the enmity of Tammany Hall. In the 1884 presidential election, he defeated James G Blaine. During his first administration, he enlarged the civil service. In the 1888 election, he won the most popular votes but lost in the Electoral College to Benjamin Harrison. Four years later, he defeated Harrison. Faced with serious economic problems in his second administration, he refused to involve the government in business matters or to provide unemployment relief. The party dropped him in favor of William Jennings Bryan for the 1896 election. Cleveland died in Princeton on June 24, 1908.