Profession: US President
Political Party: Democratic
Political Titles: Governor of New York
Why Famous: Previously the Governor of New York, Cleveland is the only person to serve to non-consecutive terms as President of the United States. In this capacity he was the 22nd and 24th President (1885-1889 and 1893-1897).
Cleveland was relentless in fighting political corruption. In his first term he opposed high tariffs, free silver, imperialism and government subsidies on libertarian grounds. Cleveland's reputation for integrity and his passion for reform led members of the Republican Party to bolt the ticket in 1884 and support him in the election of that year.
His second term began with disaster after the Panic of 1893 caused a severe economic depression that he was unable to reverse. His intervention in the Pullman Strike in 1894 helped alienate the unions from his presidency. His second term ruined the Democratic Party and the Republicans regained office in a landslide in 1894; he was succeeded by William McKinley.
- 1886-06-02 U.S. President Grover Cleveland (49) weds Frances Folsom (21), 1st presidential marriage to be held at the White House
- 1884-11-04 Grover Cleveland (D) beats James G. Blaine (R) for his 1st presidential term (only American president to serve 2 non-consecutive terms)
- 1885-03-04 Grover Cleveland inaugrated as 1st US Democratic President since Civil War
- 1886-02-09 US President Grover Cleveland declares a state of emergency in Seattle because of anti-Chinese violence
- 1886-10-28 Statue of Liberty dedicated by US President Grover Cleveland, celebrated by first confetti (ticker tape) parade in New York City
- 1888-06-05 US Democrats nominate Grover Cleveland for president
- 1888-11-06 Benjamin Harrison (R-Sen-Ind) beats President Grover Cleveland (D), 233 electoral votes to 168, Cleveland received slightly more votes
- 1892-11-08 Grover Cleveland (D) elected 24th US President
- 1893-03-04 Grover Cleveland (D) inaugrated as 24th US President (2nd term)