Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th president of the United States (1885–1889 and 1893–1897). He was the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms and the only one to be married in the White House. The following quotes from a recent biography (Algeo Matthew’s The President Is a Sick Man) remind us of the dramatic differences between the America of Cleveland’s day and the America of our day. “As president, Cleveland wielded his veto pen as ruthlessly as he had as mayor and governor. ... One bill would have given drought-stricken Texas farmers $10,000 to purchase seed grain. ‘Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character,’ he wrote in his veto message, ‘while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood’” (p. 45). “Grover was a baseball fan but never attended a game as president. ‘What do you imagine the American people would think of me if I wasted my time going to the ball game?’ he rhetorically asked the Chicago White Stockings star Cap Anson in 1885” (p. 98).
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