Grover Cleveland: First Inaugural Address

(1885)

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 political philosophy and the way in which he addressed the most pressing issues of his day. In the address, he sought to differentiate himself from former presidents and reaffirm his pledge to reform national politics.

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Grover Cleveland (Library of Congress)

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