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Grover Cleveland became the only person elected to non-consecutive presidential terms

By @ 11/08/02 in Blog, November

clevelandNovember 8, 1892

On this date in 1892, Grover Cleveland was reelected to the White House – an office which he had previously held four years prior (he became a lawyer in New York City, intermittently).  This feat made Cleveland the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms, and the only man to hold two spots (#22 and #24) in the numbering of the Presidents!  Cleveland’s first term served from 1881 to 1885, during which he became the only President to marry in the White House and focused on government reform, the gold standard, and the reduction of protective tariffs (taxes and fines on products that are moved in and out of the United States).  In the election of 1884, Benjamin Harrison defeated him, but only by electoral votes.  Cleveland had in fact won the popular vote (meaning more individual voters chose Cleveland), which probably influenced him to try for office again in 1888!  The election was a calm one, mostly because Harrison’s wife was suffering a terminal illness, and both candidates declined a heated or personal campaign.  After his second term, Cleveland refused the very popular demand for him to run for a third term, and retired to his mansion in Princeton, New Jersey.

“Consecutive” terms are terms that serve back-to-back.  If you were President, would you rather serve four or eight years?  Would you prefer to do another job between two terms, like Cleveland?  Why?