Grover Cleveland Research Paper

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Stephen Grover Cleveland was the twenty-second and twenty-fourth president of the Unites States and the only president in United States history to serve two nonconsecutive terms. He was born on March 18, 1837, in Caldwell, New Jersey, to Ann and Richard Cleveland. Grover Cleveland was the fifth of nine children, and his father, Richard Cleveland, a Yale educated church minister, chose to name his son Stephen Grover after one of the church ministers he admired. When Grover Cleveland was only four years old, he and his family moved to Fayetteville, New York, for personal reasons. There, Grover Cleveland started to attend the Fayetteville Academy, where he soon dropped his first name Stephen and started to use Grover full time. (Jewell 172) Cleveland's childhood life at home would consist of daily prayers, bible study, and family worship every evening. The Cleveland household was very strict and disciplined since a code of behavior was enforced by both parents.

(Beschloss 281) The strict disciplining he received might be what shaped him into the brutally honest man he was during his presidency and adult years, which both hurt and helped him when he was in office. That honesty also gave him a reputation for having a strong character and personality. Cleveland's family had no luxuries and never had an income of more than six hundred dollars in a single year. Cleveland also had to watch over his younger siblings often, which usually meant less time with his own friends. Although Cleveland devoted much of his time to his studies and religion, it was also noted that he loved to participate in pranks. He also picked up fishing as a hobby, which he enjoyed during his free time throughout his life. Cleveland also spent hours and hours reading books and newspapers like the Sun and...