Grover Cleveland

(Stephen Grover Cleveland)

Grover Cleveland
Grover Cleveland
  • Born: March 18, 1837
  • Died: June 24, 1908
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President

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Stephen Grover Cleveland was an American politician and lawyer who was the 22nd and 24th president of the United States, the only president in American history to serve two non-consecutive terms in office (1885–1889 and 1893–1897). He won the popular vote for three presidential elections—in 1884, 1888, and 1892—and was one of two Democrats (with Woodrow Wilson) to be elected president during the era of Republican political domination dating from 1861 to 1933.

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Anonymous The Beast of Buffalo.
Anonymous Hooray for the mother / Hooray for the kid / I voted for Cleveland / And I’m damn glad I did.
Anonymous Ma! Ma! Where's my pa? Gone to the White House, Ha! Ha! Ha! Blaine, Blaine, James J. Blaine, The continental liar from the State of Maine, Burn this letter.
Anonymous Pitchfork Ben
Anonymous Veto President
Henry Ward Beecher If every man in New York tonight who had broken the Seventh Commandment voted for Cleveland, he would be elected by a 200,000 vote majority.
Edward S. Bragg They love him [Grover Cleveland] most for the enemies he has made.
William Cowper Brann If there was a wire running to the Throne of Grace, he'd issue orders to Almighty God, remove Christ Jesus as a Communist and give some Massachusetts Mugwump the job.
Andrew Carnegie We'll have nothing to fear.
James B. Clark [Grover Cleveland] had a sort of patent way of shaking hands which he probably invented for self-protection. He grabbed the visitor's hand, gave it a slight squeeze, and dropped it like a hot potato. He never under any circumstances whatsoever permitted a visitor to grip his large, fat hand.
Lucius Fairchild May God palsy the hand that wrote that order! May God palsy the brain that conceived it, and may God palsy the tongue that dictated it.
Jay Gould The vast business interests of the country will be safe in your hands.
John Tyler Morgan I hate the ground that man walks on.
J. Sterling Morton The President [Grover Cleveland] has a big belly. His brains are not proportioned to it.
William Randolph Hearst ... a living, breathing crime in breeches.
Mark Twain I was a mugwump. We, the mugwumps, a little company made up of the unenslaved of both parties, the very best men to be found in the two great parties--that was our idea of it--voted sixty thousand strong for Mr. Cleveland in New York and elected him. Our principles were high, and very definite. We were not a party; we had no candidates; we had no axes to grind. Our vote laid upon the man we cast it for no obligation of any kind. By our rule we could not ask for office; we could not accept office. When voting, it was our duty to vote for the best man, regardless of his party name. We had no other creed. Vote for the best man--that was creed enough.
Mark Twain Of all our public men of today he stands first in my reverence & admiration, & the next one stands two-hundred-&-twenty-fifth. He is the only statesman we have now. ... Cleveland drunk is a more valuable asset to this country than the whole batch of the rest of our public men sober. He is high-minded; all his impulses are great & pure & fine. I wish we had another of this sort.
Francis Cleveland Please make sure that they do not break anything because we are coming back in 4 years.
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... the silly, mean, and cowardly lies that every day are found in the columns of certain newspapers, which violate every instinct of American manliness, and in ghoulish glee desecrate every sacred relation of private life. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
[Americans are] trampled to death beneath the iron heel [of monopolies and trusts.] Business, Commerce & Finance
[Theodore] Roosevelt is the most perfectly equipped and the most effective politician thus far seen in the Presidency. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
A fair field and no favor! Slogans & Mottoes
After an existence of nearly twenty years of almost innocuous desuetude these laws are brought forth. Legislating & Legislative Process
After an existence of nearly twenty years of almost innocuous desuetude these laws are brought forth. Legislating & Legislative Process
As we view the achievements of aggregated capital, we discover the existence of trusts, combinations, and monopolies, while the citizen is struggling far in the rear or is trampled to death beneath an iron heel. Corporations, which should be the restrained creatures of the law and the servants of the people, are fast becoming the nation's masters. Business, Commerce & Finance
Communism is a hateful thing and a menace to peace and organized government; but the communism of combined wealth and capital, the outgrowth of over weening cupidity and selfishness, which insidiously undermines the justice and integrity of free institutions, is not less dangerous than the communism of oppressed poverty and toil, which, exasperated by injustice and discontent, attacks with wild disorder the citadel of rule. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Every citizen owes to the country a vigilant watch and close scrutiny of its public servants and a fair and reasonable estimate of their fidelity and usefulness. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Hawaii is ours. As I look back upon the first steps in this miserable business and as I contemplate the outrage, I am ashamed of the whole affair. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
He mocks the people who proposes that the government shall protect the rich and that they in turn will care for the laboring poor. Government ;Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Her light shall pierce through the darkness of ignorance and man’s oppression. Immigration & Emigration
Honor lies in honest toil. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
However plenty silver dollars may become, they will not be distributed as gifts among the people. Money, Coins & Minting
Human prejudice—especially that growing out of race and religion—is cruelly inveterate and lasting. Discrimination & Prejudice
I am firm in my conviction that there is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows from a supine submission to wrong and injustice, and the consequent loss of national self-respect and honor, beneath which are shielded and defended a people's safety and greatness. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I am honest and sincere in my desire to do well, but the question is whether I know enough to accomplish what I desire. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I am not responsible to the Senate and will not submit my actions to them. Intergovernmental Relations
I don't believe the American people want a Gelding in the White House. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
I have a Congress on my hands. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I have considered the pension list of the republic a roll of honor. Military & Veterans
I have tried so hard to do right. Miscellaneous
I regarded and still regard the proposed annexation of Hawaii as not only opposed to our national policy but as a perversion of our national mission. The mission of our nation is to build up and make a great country out of what we have, instead of annexing islands Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
If a botch is made at the other end of the Avenue, I don't mean to be a party to it. Intergovernmental Relations
It appears that Hawaii was taken possession of by the United States forces without the consent or wish of the government of the islands, or of anybody else so far as shown, except the United States Minister�. The provisional government owes its existence to an armed invasion by the United States. Fair-minded people with the evidence before them will hardly claim that the Hawaiian Government was overthrown by the people of the islands or that the provisional government had ever existed with their consent�. By an act of war, committed with the participation of a diplomatic representative of the United States and without authority of Congress, the Government of a feeble but friendly and confiding people has been overthrown. A substantial wrong has thus been done which a due regard for our national character as well as the rights of the injured people requires we should endeavor to repair. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
It is said that the quality of recent immigration is undesirable. The time is quite within recent memory when the same thing was said of immigrants who, with their descendants, are now numbered among our best citizens. Immigration & Emigration
It is the duty of those serving the people in public place to closely limit public expenditures to the actual needs of the Government economically administered. Management & Managing Government
It never occurred to any of us to consult in this emergency farmers, doctors, lawyers, shoemakers, or even statesmen. We could not escape the belief that the prospect of obtaining what we needed might be somewhat improved by making application to those whose business and surroundings qualified them to intelligently respond. Management & Managing Government
Loyalty to the principles upon which our Government rests positively demands that the equality before the law which it guarantees to every citizen should be justly and in good faith conceded in all parts of the land. The enjoyment of this right follows the badge of citizenship wherever found, and, unimpaired by race or color, it appeals for recognition to American manliness and fairness. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Manifestly nothing is more vital to our supremacy as a nation and to the beneficent purposes of our Government than a sound and stable currency. Its exposure to degradation should at once arouse to activity the most enlightened statesmanship, and the danger of depreciation in the purchasing power of the wages paid to toil should furnish the strongest incentive to prompt and conservative precaution. Money, Coins & Minting
Must we always look for the political opinions of our businessmen precisely where they suppose their immediate pecuniary advantage to be found? Bureaucracy
No man has ever been hanged for breaking the spirit of the law. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Nothing is more vital to our supremacy as a nation and to the beneficent purposes of our Government than a sound and stable currency. Money, Coins & Minting
Office holders are the agents of the people, not their masters. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
One mode of the misappropriation of public funds is avoided when appointments to office, instead of being the rewards of partisan activity, are awarded to those whose efficiency promises a fair return of work for the compensation paid to them.
Our citizens have the right to protection from the incompetency of public employees who hold their places solely as the reward of partisan service, and from the corrupting influence of those who promise and the vicious methods of those who expect such rewards; and those who worthily seek public employment have the right to insist that merit and competency shall be recognized instead of party subserviency or the surrender of honest political belief. Patronage & Pork Barrel
Our progress toward a wise conclusion will not be improved by dwelling upon the theories.... It is a condition which confronts us—not a theory! Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Our relations with the Indians located within our border impose upon us responsibilities we can not escape. Humanity and consistency require us to treat them with forbearance and in our dealings with them to honestly and considerately regard their rights and interests. Minorities & Women
Party faithlessness is party dishonor. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
Party honesty is party expediency. Political Parties & Machines ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Public officers are the trustees of the people. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman in the working out of our civilization were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence than ours. Women ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Voters, Voting & Elections
Something may be done under Federal authority to prevent the disturbances which so often arise from disputes between employers and the employed. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
That sir is a matter of too great importance to discuss in a five minute interview, now rapidly drawing to a close. Media, Journalism & The Press
The best results in the operation of a government wherein every citizen has a share largely depend upon a proper limitation of purely partisan zeal and effort and a correct appreciation of the time when the heat of the partisan should be merged in the patriotism of the citizen. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
The best way for the Government to maintain its credit is to pay as it goes—not by resorting to loans, but by keeping out of debt. Budgets & Budgeting
The colored employees of the Government shall be treated precisely as the whites are treated. If they attend to their duty they will not be disturbed. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The conscience of the people demands that the Indians within our boundaries shall be fairly and honestly treated as wards of the Government and their education and civilization promoted with a view to their ultimate citizenship. Minorities & Women
The damned everlasting clatter for offices makes me feel like resigning.
The existence of immense aggregations of kindred enterprises and combinations of business interests formed for the purpose of limiting production and fixing prices is inconsistent with the fair field which ought to be open to every independent activity. Legitimate strife in business should not be superseded by an enforced concession to the demands of combinations that have the power to destroy, nor should the people to be served lose the benefit of cheapness which usually results from wholesome competition. Business, Commerce & Finance
The expectation of paternal care on the part of Government ... weakens the sturdiness of our national character. Human Nature
The law of nations is founded upon reason and justice, and the rules of conduct governing individual relations between citizens or subjects of a civilized state are equally applicable as between enlightened nations. The considerations that international law is without a court for its enforcement and that obedience to its commands practically depends upon good faith instead of upon the mandate of a superior tribunal only give additional sanction to the law itself and brand any deliberate infraction of it not merely as a wrong but as a disgrace. A man of true honor protects the unwritten word which binds his conscience more scrupulously, if possible, than he does the bond a breach of which subjects him to legal liabilities, and the United States, in aiming to maintain itself as one of the most enlightened nations, would do its citizens gross injustice if it applied to its international relations any other than a high standard of honor and morality. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The laws should be rigidly enforced which prohibit the immigration of a servile class to compete with American labor, with no intention of acquiring citizenship, and bringing with them and retaining habits and customs repugnant to our civilization. Immigration & Emigration
The most important benefit that I can confer on the country by my Presidency is to insist upon the entire independence of the executive and legislative branches of government Intergovernmental Relations
The people of the United States are entitled to a sound and stable currency and to money recognized as such on every exchange and in every market of the world. Their Government has no right to injure them by financial experiments opposed to the policy and practice of other civilized states, nor is it justified in permitting an exaggerated and unreasonable reliance on our national strength and ability to jeopardize the soundness of the people's money. Money, Coins & Minting
The Presidency is the repository of the people’s power. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The relative positions assumed by men and women were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The several forms of our paper money offer, in my judgment, a constant embarrassment to the Government. Money, Coins & Minting
The treatment I have received from the advocates of Civil Service Reform makes my blood boil…. I know what I have done and what I have suffered in this cause and with that I am satisfied as I retire from the struggle. I hope the next man will be better trusted by those who assume to be apostles of the Reform. The cause is worth much — very much; but the people who stand ready to attribute every mistake in the selection of officers to wanton violation of principle and assume to know more of the conditions, motives and intents that those charged with responsibility, are worth nothing Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
The trusts and combinations—the communism of self—whose machinations have prevented us from reaching the success we deserved, should not be forgotten or forgiven. Business, Commerce & Finance
The United States is not a nation to which peace is a necessity. States. Nations & Nationhood ;War & Peace
There is not a ship in our navy that can defend us against a first class enemy. Military & Veterans
This is the country that lives in us .... There it must find its nutriment or die. Political Parties & Machines
This office seeking is a disease. It is even catching. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Those who are selected for a limited time to manage public affairs are still of the people, and may do much by their example to encourage, consistently with the dignity of their official functions, that plain way of life which among their fellow-citizens aids integrity and promotes thrift and prosperity. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Though the people support the government, the government should not support the people. Government ;Welfare
We discover that the fortunes realized by our manufacturers are no longer solely the reward of sturdy industry and enlightened foresight, but that they result from the discriminating favor of the government. Bureaucracy
Well, do you want me to appoint another horse thief for you.
What is the use of being elected or reelected unless you stand for something? Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
When more of the people's sustenance is exacted through the form of taxation than is necessary to meet the just obligations of Government and expenses of its economical administration, such exaction becomes ruthless extortion and a violation of the fundamental principles of a free Government. Taxes
When we seek to reinstate the self-confidence and business enterprise of our citizens by discrediting an abject dependence upon governmental favor, we strive to stimulate those elements of American character which support the hope of American achievement. Business, Commerce & Finance
While the people should patriotically and cheerfully support their Government, its functions do not include support of the people. Welfare
Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate, under the same high sanction, though in a different sphere, exercises a public trust. Voters, Voting & Elections
A government for the people must depend for its success on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves. Success ;Government
A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil. History
After an existence of nearly 20 years of almost innocuous desuetude, these laws are brought forth.
Communism is a hateful thing, and a menace to peace and organized government. Government ;War & Peace
I know there is a Supreme Being who rules the affairs of men and whose goodness and mercy have always followed the American people, and I know He will not turn from us now if we humbly and reverently seek His powerful aid.
I would rather the man who presents something for my consideration subject me to a zephyr of truth and a gentle breeze of responsibility rather than blow me down with a curtain of hot wind. Truth
In the scheme of our national government, the presidency is preeminently the people's office. Government
It is better to be defeated standing for a high principle than to run by committing subterfuge.
Minds do not act together in public; they simply stick together; and when their private activities are resumed, they fly apart again.
No man has ever yet been hanged for breaking the spirit of a law.
Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters.
Public officers are the servants and agents of the people, to execute the laws which the people have made.
Some day I will be better remembered.
Sometimes I wake at night in the White House and rub my eyes and wonder if it is not all a dream.
The ship of democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those on board.
What is the use of being elected or re-elected, unless you stand for something?
Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate, exercises a public trust. Trust ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising