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Cleveland rocks?

Here in New Hampshire, our presidential connections are few, but significant. We'd rather the country forget Franklin Pierce. We're much prouder of our first-in-the-nation primary, and we kind of like how Aaron Sorkin chose us to produce his president for The West Wing, even naming him after one of the guys who signed the Declaration of Independence for us. (Bartlett -- the real one, not Martin Sheen -- went on to serve both as Chief Justice of our Supreme Court and Governor.)

Now, yet another president is showing ties to New Hampshire -- if considerably posthumously.

George Cleveland of Tamworth, New Hampshire has had a rather interesting life. He's been a clown, an auctioneer, and town moderator. Now he's got his sights set a bit higher -- he's running for the State Senate. He has a bit of a legacy to live up to, though -- his grandfather was the only man to be elected president, defeated for re-election, and then come back and defeat his successor.

Yes, that's right, he's the son of Richard Cleveland, son of Grover Cleveland. Both men fathered their sons quite late in life, so it's odd but understandable that a man who was born in 1837 could have a grandson who's only 54.

Cleveland sounds like an interesting character. I think I'll have to keep an eye on him.


Comments (4)

Cleveland (Grover, that is)... (Below threshold)

Cleveland (Grover, that is) does indeed rock. He's one of the better of the unsung presidents. He was an absolute hawk when it came to minding the people's money. He had political and personal integrity like few others.

A good quick read about Cleveland is Henry F. Graff's "Grover Cleveland" in "The America Presidents" series.

By all means spend $50 mill... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

By all means spend $50 million or so investigating a cu...

...Oh, sorry, was channelling the sex-obsessed "Larry" for a moment.

I believe george still has ... (Below threshold)
gopop:

I believe george still has a gig on wmtw radio, out of conway nh. tune your radio to 93.5 fm. They play stuff you rarely hear anywhere else.

And George still does auctions such as the South tamworth firemans club auction, of course his fee is waved for the event. And it's always fun.

As a friend of George, and ... (Below threshold)

As a friend of George, and at one point a sub for him on his radio show, may I say - there is a great politician lurking in George and I am whole-heartedly supporting him.

He's no longer on the radio daily, having been the Director of a regional Senior Services Organization for the past few years.

I'm happy to say that I will get to see George do his thing at the upcoming White Mountain Waldorf School Auction on November 3rd.




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