Presidency of Stephen Grover Cleveland

(337 words)
  • Lucas Paul Richert (University of Saskatchewan)

Historical Context Essay

In 1884, Grover Cleveland was chosen by the Democratic Party to run against Republican James Blaine. Cleveland emerged victorious after an acrimonious campaign that featured plenty of charges and countercharges about morality, infidelities, and Irish-Catholic slurs. Thereafter, Cleveland took significant action on the domestic front, as he helped shepherd important legislation through Congress: the Interstate Commerce Act and the Dawes General Allotment Act. Cleveland also received numerous plaudits for cracking down on corruption and wasteful spending. In 1886, Cleveland married a woman 27 years his junior. During the 1888 presidential election, ran for re-election and he came out against a high tariff wall that he deemed unnecessary, …
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Citation:
Richert, Lucas Paul. "Presidency of Stephen Grover Cleveland". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 January 2009
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