Was he fatalistic? No, said his supporters, just instinctively honest. Before his meteoric political rise, Cleveland had been a talented striver.
When the Civil War began, he was a young attorney in Buffalo. He lost a ward election in 4 and a year later was defeated in a bid for district attorney. When two convicted murderers were sentenced to be hanged, Cleveland chose to spring the trap himself rather than pass the unpleasant duty to an underling, as was the custom.
After three years as sheriff, he returned to work at his law firm. As the s began, Buffalo Democrats, seeking a reform candidate, persuaded Cleveland to run for mayor, and got him elected. In his acceptance speech, Cleveland vowed to champion the public interest and keep an eye out for dubious patronage schemes. The Republicans gave him a lift, too: They were split over the issue of patronage and civil service reform. Governor Cleveland again put the public welfare ahead of party interests, personally scrutinized all legislation and was quick to use his veto power.
His no-nonsense governing style brought him favorable national attention—and suddenly he was being ushered toward the Democratic presidential nomination. As the presidential campaign approached, Joseph Pulitzer, the publisher of the New York World , lauded Cleveland.
In the mids, Cleveland, then a bachelor in his 30s, had met and slept with an attractive year-old widow named Maria Halpin, who worked in a dry goods store. She may have wanted the successful bachelor to marry her. Cleveland made payments to Halpin, but when she began drinking heavily and neglected the boy, local authorities turned him over to an orphanage. Later, Cleveland set her up in business in Niagara Falls, but she returned to Buffalo. Eventually she married again, and a well-to-do family adopted the youngster, who grew up to be a successful doctor.
The whole affair had rested beneath public notice until the Rev. George H. Ball of the Hudson Street Baptist Church, a Republican crusader for morals and decency, uncovered it and brought it to the Telegraph.
Some papers largely ignored the scandal, while others suggested Halpin was a loose woman. Cleveland was mostly quiet during the campaign. The looming election question was how would the Mugwumps react?
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According to author Scott C. But when the scandal broke just hours later, bewildered Mugwumps faced a dilemma: Should they reconsider their endorsement? A delegate from Chicago summed up the situation.
Cleveland has shown high character and great capacity in public life but that in private life his conduct is open to question, while on the other hand, Mr. Blaine in public life has been weak and dishonest, while he seems to have been an admirable husband and father.
Cleveland to the public office for which he is admirably qualified to fill and remand Mr. Blaine to the private life which he is so eminently fitted to adorn. Pundits surmised that the outcome of the tight race would hinge on New York State, with its 33 electoral votes. And then Cleveland got a huge break. Be the first to write a review About this product. About this product Product Information Famed as a pugnaciously honest leader, Grover Cleveland set the tone for what a politician should do when caught in scandal: Whatever you say, tell the truth.
But to save himself from career-ending allegations involving a rape and vio". Former Post reporter Charles Lachman rips the lid off the sex scandals--and coverups--of the man who became the only president to serve two nonconsecutive terms. One of the greatestpolitical sex scandals happened to Grover Cleveland.
A Secret Life: The Lies and Scandals of President Grover Cleveland
Amusingly Sordid. E, Eoedelves Deeply Into the Affair.. E, eoeA Secret Life is another success, a blend of sharp detective work - he even finds out what happened to Cleveland's supposed son - and history that reads like a gripping novel. Show More Show Less. Add to Cart. Pre-owned Pre-owned. Compare similar products. You Are Viewing.
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