Childhood and Education
Grover Cleveland was born on March 18, 1837, in Caldwell, New Jersey. He grew up in New York and started attending school at the age of eleven. His father, Richard Falley Cleveland, was a Presbyterian minister who died when Cleveland was sixteen. Prior to his death, Reverend Cleveland had moved the family around many times as he was transferred from post to post. His untimely death caused Cleveland to leave school to help support his mother, Ann Neal Cleveland, and his five sisters and three brothers. In 1855, Cleveland moved to Buffalo, New York, to live and work with his Uncle. While there, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1859.