Cleveland was a stringent conservative - he opposed high tariffs, Free Silver, and imperialism. He was well like by Republicans as well, because of his anti-Union stances.
Ultimately, William Jennings Bryan would be elected as a Democratic President following the expiration of Cleveland's second term, and Cleveland's opposition to Free Silver and his support for big business would be undone.
Cleveland was born on March 18, 1837 in Caldwell, New Jersey, to a Presbyterian minister. His family was middle-class, and was distantly related to Revolutionary War General Moses Cleaveland. In his youth, Cleveland moved from New Jersey to New York.
Cleveland's older brother offered him a job as a teacher, but Cleveland had decided to move to the western part of the state. He moved to Buffalo, without a university degree, and got a job working for his uncle.
Law and Politics
Not long after moving to Buffalo, he joined a law firm as a clerk. Eventually, he was admitted to the bar in 1859. Cleveland would gain a decent reputation as a successful lawyer. He took a position as the assistant district attorney for Eire County in 1863.
Cleveland then ran for Sheriff of Erie County in 1870. He was successful in his bid, and served out the length of his term with few notable incidents. Cleveland returned to private practice after his term. But in 1881, the Democratic party nominated him for to be the Mayor of Buffalo. He won, and became mayor in 1882.
As Mayor, Cleveland fought corruption in politics. His reputation spread throughout New York as a result of his effectiveness in Buffalo's politics. After having served barely a year as Mayor of Buffalo, Cleveland emerged as a compromise choice in the Democratic convention for Governor of New York.
Cleveland earned further respect when he made drastic inroads against corruption in New York state. His reputation then spread to a national level, going into the Presidential Election of 1884.