Will Donald Trump repeat the feat of Grover Cleveland?

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Jean-Michel Leprince (access the author's page)

The bets are open. Will Donald Trump run for president in 2024? Will he be able to? Only one defeated president in the history of the United States has achieved this feat. Do you know Grover Cleveland?

He was neither the best nor the worst of American presidents, but he is the only one to have served two non-consecutive terms. He was the 22nd and 24th president (1885 to 1889 and 1893 to 1897).

It must be said that he missed his re-election in 1889 because of the Electoral College, because he had won the popular vote.

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This is a very different situation from Trump who, if he were to succeed, which seems a little unthinkable to come back in 2024 and win, would likely win again with a minority of votes. It would make him the only presidential candidate to have won two elections while losing three popular ballots, explains Mr. Cloutier-Roy.

What a first lady wants …

Image of Grover Cleveland's wedding to Frances Folsom.

Grover Cleveland was the only president to celebrate his wedding in the White House.

Photo: Library of Congress

Donald Trump and Grover Cleveland have one thing in common: they both have wives much younger than them.

Grover Cleveland is also the only president in history to have married in the White House, in the Blue Room.

Frances Folsom Cleveland was very popular. And she said these memorable words the day she and the president left the White House: I want everything to be the same when we return. We're coming back in four years, to the day.

Portrait of Frances Folsom Cleveland.

Frances folsom cleveland

Photo: Library of Congress

The gamble paid off: in 1893, Grover Cleveland was re-elected to the presidency and returned to the White House. He was immensely popular.

First as mayor of Buffalo, his hometown, then as governor of New York State, Grover Cleveland cleaned up. He waged a merciless fight against the corruption that was a hallmark of the Republican Party at that time, and of New York State in particular. He continued this great cleaning once in the White House.

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Not at all the same program as Donald Trump, it must be admitted. Plus, Cleveland was a Democrat. His second presidency was a failure, since he had to face the great economic panic of 1893 and numerous strikes.

On his deathbed in 1908, Grover Cleveland's last words were: I tried so hard to do well.

Since then, other defeated presidents have tried unsuccessfully for re-election: Martin Van Buren in 1848 and Millard Fillmore in 1856.

More recently, other defeated presidents, such as Herbert Hoover in 1932, Jimmy Carter in 1984, and George Bush Sr. in 1992, have considered it, but all ultimately gave up standing.

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