Grover Cleveland: First Inaugural Address

(1885)

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Grover Cleveland was an honest and forthright president during a period marked by scandal and political patronage. His rapid political success was the result of his reputation as a reformer willing to oppose elites and special interest groups. He was not a great orator, but he had a strong moral code that was reflected in his public statements and papers. Cleveland crafted his public messages to emphasize his image as a reformer. His First Inaugural Address provides insight into his...