Election of 1892

Grover Cleveland decided to run for president again in 1892. At the time, New York City was dominated by a group called Tammany Hall, which was notorious for trading bribes for positions of power.

In the election of 1888, Tammany Hall had kept Cleveland from winning the presidency because they opposed his reforms. They attempted to keep him from winning the nomination in 1892, but he was able to scrape by, winning with a margin of only ten votes. Cleveland's vice presidential running mate was Adlai Stevenson. He was opposed by incumbent Benjamin Harrison, and James Weaver ran as a third party candidate for the People's party. The tariff issue dominated this campaign just as it had in 1888. Harrison defended protectionist tariffs like the McKinley Tariff, which was passed in his term, while Cleveland spoke strongly against this tariff, promising to lower it if elected. In the end Cleveland won with 277 out of a possible 444 electoral votes.


In between his two terms in office, Grover and Frances Cleveland had a baby girl they named Ruth. Born in 1891, she was very sickly and died in 1904. According to the National Confectioner's Association and the Curtiss Candy Company, the “Baby Ruth” candy bar was named after Ruth Cleveland, even though she had died sixteen years before it was first offered.

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