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(Stephen) Grover Cleveland


Born in Caldwell, New Jersey.He taught in a New York school for the blind in 1854. Admitted to the bar in 1859. Partner in the law firm of Lanning, Cleveland & Folsom. Married Frances Folsom in the White House June 2, 1886. They had five children.

Elected Mayor of Buffalo, New York, serving 1881 to 1882. Elected Governor of New York serving January 1, 1883, to January 6, 1885.

Cleveland was elected 22nd President for the term March 4, 1885, to March 3, 1889. He was defeated by Benjamin Harrison in the election of 1888. Cleveland won again as 24th President for the term of March 4, 1893, to March 3, 1897. He is the only President to serve in non-consecutive terms.

He was not a numismatist. This can be noted from a quote made December 8, 1885: "However plenty silver dollars may become, they will not be distributed as gifts among the people."

He died in Princeton, New Jersey.

Cleveland appears on paper money:

$20 Federal Reserve Bank Note, series of 1915 and 1918

$20 Federal Reserve bank, series of 1914

$1000 Federal Reserve Note, series of 1928 and 1934

$1000 Gold Certificate, series of 1928 and 1934

Cleveland appears on the Presidential mint medal (Julian PR-23) with dies by Charles Barber. Modern copies (USM 122) are sold by the Mint.

Cleveland appears on the Assay Commission Medal for 1886 (AC-29), 1887 (AC-30), 1888 (AC-31) and 1889 (AC-32). The 1886 and 1887 medals were 33 mm with dies by Barber and Morgan. The 1888 and 1889 medals are 76 mm and used the same die used for the Cleveland Presidential medal (Julian PR-23). For the second interrupted term Cleveland appears on the Assay Commission Medals for 1894 (AC-38), 1895 (AC-39), 1896 (AC-40) and 1897 (AC-41). The 1895 medal was 76mm. The others were 33mm.

bio: ApCAB; BDEB; DAB; EAB; Failor; Limpert; NCAB 2; TCBDA; WAB; WWWA-1

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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