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Grover Cleveland

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Grover Cleveland was the twenty-second and the twenty-fourth president of the United States, serving from 1885 to 1889 and then later from 1893 to 1897. He was the only president to serve nonconsecutive terms in office. Cleveland was a Presbyterian and the son of a minister. Nevertheless, he was not known for particularly strict religious observance, and his payment of child support to an ex-mistress provoked a scandal during this presidential campaign. He was tolerant of religious diversity, although staunchly opposed to polygamy. His opponent in 1884, James Blaine, attempted to use anti-Catholicism against Cleveland's Democratic party. The tactic may have backfired, with Catholics in New York swinging decisively to Cleveland in a very close election.
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