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The President Grover Cleveland trivet

cleveland Cast iron Cleveland horseshoe trivet, 5 x 4 3/8″ w/three 3/4″ feet, circa 1900.

Inauguration Day occurs in the United States once every four years, on January 20. At 12 noon today the 45th President of the United States, Donald John Trump, will be sworn into office.

The Oath of Office: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

A number of American presidents have been commemorated through the years in trivets! One example is Stephen Grover Cleveland, who served as both the 22nd and 24th president of the United States (1885-1889 and 1893-1897).

Grover Cleveland was the first Democrat to assume office since the Civil War, and the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms; both before and after the term of Benjamin Harrison. He’s also the only President to win the popular vote in 3 consecutive presidential elections, losing the Electoral College to Harrison in the second campaign.

During his first term he presided at the dedication of the Statue of Liberty in New York City. Over his two administrations Cleveland earned the nickname “His Obstinacy” because he vetoed more bills than all prior presidents combined.

1cleveland_anthony_umbrellaCartoon by Charles Lewis Bartholomew. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ds-05624.

President Cleveland was no supporter of the women’s suffrage (right to vote) campaign, stating “Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman in the working out of our civilization were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence than ours.” This cartoon, published in the Minneapolis Journal on April 26, 1905, depicts Cleveland being chased by leading suffragette Susan B. Anthony. He’s holding a book titled “What I Know About Women’s Clubs” while she’s brandishing a “Women’s Suffrage” umbrella; and yes, that’s Uncle Sam in the background.

clevepicPresident Grover Cleveland, 1903. Library of Congress, Prints & Photography Division, LC-USZ62-124416.

 “Some day I will be better remembered.”

Stephen Grover Cleveland (1837-1908)

The Grover Cleveland Birthplace State Historic Site in Caldwell, New Jersey is, according to their website, “… the only house museum in the country dedicated to the interpretation of President Cleveland’s life. It is the nation’s leading repository of Cleveland artifacts and political memorabilia. The Grover Cleveland Birthplace is listed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.”

2 comments on “The President Grover Cleveland trivet

  1. Lois Roelofs
    January 24, 2017

    I wonder what he would have said about the recent Women’s March. Sounds like he must have been an engaging character to win the popular vote three times. Thanks for the history lesson!

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    • Lynn Rosack
      January 24, 2017

      My maternal great-grandmother was a suffragette. The disdain of President Cleveland (and men of that era in general) must have been hard for her to tolerate. I love the imagery of Susan B. Anthony confronting Grover Cleveland!


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