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Favorable or Unfavorable #163: Grover Cleveland


Favorable or Unfavorable #163: Grover Cleveland  

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Pres. Grover Cleveland (NY-D) is the only Bourbon Democrat to win the presidency. His veto % is the highest among any president. The Ron Swanson of presidents, but became predictably unpopular as the Progressive Age emerged. 

His actions:

Cleveland, Grover 1883 Gains recognition for anti-corruption policies while as Gov of NY
Cleveland, Grover 1884 Hit w/ scandal for fathering child out of wedlock, but it is diffused by him openly admitting the situation
Cleveland, Grover 1884 Wins 1884 election, the first Democrat to win an election since before Civil War
Cleveland, Grover 1885 Rescended Arthur's Exec Order opening Dakota reservation to white settlement
Cleveland, Grover 1885 Replaces Spoils System w/ merit system that allows many GOPers to keep gov jobs on good behavior and merit
Cleveland, Grover 1886 Cleveland and allies fail to get a Gold Standard bill, but also thwart a pro-Silver bill by Bland
Cleveland, Grover 1886 Appts James C Matthews to replace Frederick Douglass as Court Reporter in DC (Cleveland's only appt of a black man), enraging some in the South
Cleveland, Grover 1886 Marries 21-year-old Frances Folsom in the White House
Cleveland, Grover 1887 Signs the Dawes Act
Cleveland, Grover 1887 Vetoes Texas seed bill, one of hundreds of vetoes
Cleveland, Grover 1887 Signs Interstate Commerce Act, creating the ICC
Cleveland, Grover 1887 Nominates Lamar to the SC, a former Confederate
Cleveland, Grover 1888 Nominates Fuller as ChJ of the SC, who was basically unknown
Cleveland, Grover 1888 Endorsement by British ambassador is said to have cost him votes in NY, his home state, which he loses
Cleveland, Grover 1888 Loses bid for reelection, but wins the popular vote
Cleveland, Grover 1888 Lobbies for and signs the Scott Act to combat Chinese immigration
Cleveland, Grover 1889 Enabling Act sees 4 new states enter the Union in his last days in office
Cleveland, Grover 1891 Gives rare public address in brief retirement blasting Sherman Silver Purchase Act, boosting his candidacy
Cleveland, Grover 1892 Wins non-consecutive 2nd term in election
Cleveland, Grover 1892 Opposes Lodge Bill aimed to protecting voting rights of Blacks in the South
Cleveland, Grover 1893 Uses his influence to get Congress to repeal Sherman Silv Pur Act; Signs the repeal
Cleveland, Grover 1893 Presided during Panic of 1893
Cleveland, Grover 1893 Withdraws the US from the Hawaii Annexation Treaty
Cleveland, Grover 1893 Relucantly allows Wilson-Gorman Tariff, by allowing it to become law w/o his signature
Cleveland, Grover 1894 Signs repeal of Enforcement Act, which protected voting rights
Cleveland, Grover 1894 Loses control of party to the Bryan/Bland Silverite Populist wing
Cleveland, Grover 1894 Faces Coxey's Army, a protest by unemployed workers
Cleveland, Grover 1894 Nomination of Hornblower to the SC is blocked by the Senate
Cleveland, Grover 1894 Nomination of WH Peckham to the SC is blocked by the Senate
Cleveland, Grover 1894 Sends troops to break Pullman strike, resulting in 30 deaths
Cleveland, Grover 1894 Nominates ED White to the SC
Cleveland, Grover 1894 Signs bill giving Utah statehood
Cleveland, Grover 1895 Declares US Neutrality in Cuban War for Independence
Cleveland, Grover 1896 Nominates RW Peckham to the SC, despite Peckham's brother's nomination having been rejected in 1894
Cleveland, Grover 1896 Publicly approves of Plessy v. Ferguson (Racial Segregation)
Cleveland, Grover 1896 Declines Bourbon Democrat 3rd party nom for pres; but he privately supports them over WJ Bryan
Cleveland, Grover 1902 Role in Coal Strike negotiations
Cleveland, Grover 1904 Declines to run for pres, despite having helped his wing of the party having regained power
Cleveland, Grover 1905 Writes article opposing women's suffrage
Cleveland, Grover 1906 Rejects pressure to run for US Sen for NJ
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