Posts Tagged ‘Grover Cleveland’

Marching to Victory

September 29, 2011

A Campaign Song.
Tune — ‘Rose of Alabama’ [YouTube song with lyrics]

Come, all you doubting, pouting chaps, who go about as mourners
Come, wipe the tear drops from your eyes, stop crying on the corners
Come along, with shout and song, go it while you’re able,
Our Ben we’ll put in the White House, boys, you bet it, boys, we’re able.

Yes, come, ye troubled hearted ones, stop croaking on the corners
With the red bandana wipe your eyes, til just the thing for mourners
And come along, with shout and song, go it while you’re able,
Our Ben we’ll put in the White House, boys, you bet it boys, we’re able.

Now wring your red bandanas out, wipe off the tears of mourners
And shout for Ben and Levi, shout, don’t boo-hoo on the corners
And come along, with shout and song, go it while you’re able,
Our Ben we’ll put in the White House boys, you bet it, boys, we’re able.

Yet keep those red bandanas dry, for other weeping mourners,
November’s storm will surely bring great weeping on the corners
But come along, with shout and song, go it while you’re able,
Our Ben we’ll put in the White House, boys, you bet it, boys, we’re able.

[Most respectfully dedicated to the disgusted investors in the red bandana]

Decatur Republican (Decatur, Illinois) Aug 16, 1888

Hebrews for Harrison.

At a recent Republican meeting in Waterloo, Iowa, Mr. Munger stated that he had seen a notice of the formation of a Hebrew Republican club in Cleveland, and to verify the truth of the report had written to the president of the club. The answer received was as follows:

“CLEVELAND, OHIO, August 16. — I.C. Munger, Esp., Waterloo, Iowa, — Dear Sir: You favor of the 14th at hand and contents noted. Yes, sir, the item as quoted in the Chicago Tribune of August 11, gives the facts in the case with one exception — instead of the club having fifty members, it is composed of eighty-five members, and every one of them heretofore voted solidly the Democratic ticket. The W.J. Hart Club was formed some three or four years ago and did valuable work for the Democratic party, but as the Democratic party is now controlled by one man, Grover Cleveland, an out-and-out free trader, and as the party itself has indorsed free trade, we, the Hebrews of the city, and particularly the W.J. Hart Club with its eighty-five members, have come out solidly for Harrison and Morton and protection. Trusting to hear soon from you as to your politics, I am, yours truly,
H. LEVY, No. 38 Race Street.

The reading of the letter called forth long-continued applause.

Decatur Republican (Decatur, Illinois) Aug 30, 1888

Have You Heard from Maine?

It went utterly,
For Governor Burleigh,
And Tippecanoe and Morton, too,
And Grover’s a used up man.

WHAT the Democrats are thankful for — that there are no more state elections before November.
THE Republicans only elected four congressmen in Maine. They might have done better if there had been more to vote for.

Decatur Republican (Decatur, Illinois) Sep 13, 1888

Marching to Victory.

The following song was sung by Prof Gilhland, of Fairmont, before the Danville Republican club, and a resolution was passed that it be published.

Air — “Marching Through Georgia” [YouTube link]

We shall sing the good old doctrine, boys, our fathers taught before,
Protection to the workingman, good wages for the poor,
We’ll drive the free trade sophistry back to England’s shore,
For we are marching to vict’ry

Hurrah, hurrah for Harrison, the true,
Hurrah, hurrah for Levi Morton, too,
We have Joe Joe Fifer on the track and intend to run him through,
For we are marching to vict’ry.

Cleveland is a two-faced man, as all do plainly see,
We are weary of his vetoes and his free trade heresy,
He can’t deceive us longer with his civil service plea,
For we are marching to vict’ry.

Hurrah, hurrah for Harrison, the true,
Hurrah, hurrah for Levi Morton, too
We’ve Gen. Pavey on the track and intend to run him through
For we are marching to vict’ry.

The President proposed a mess of Canada free fish,
But the catch was not as good as he most ardently did wish
And it happened that the Senators did not admire the dish
For they are marching to vict’ry.

Hurrah, hurrah for Harrison, the true
Hurrah, hurrah for Levi Morton, too
We have George Hunt upon the track and intend to run him through,
For we are marching to vict’ry.

The boys in blue were brave and true on many a well fought field,
They faced full many a danger while they were the Nation’s shield
They captured many a rebel flag which they’re not disposed to yield,
For we are marching to vict’ry.

Hurrah, hurrah for Harrison the true
Hurrah, hurray for Levi Morton, too
We have Joe Cannon on the track and intend to run him through,
For we are marching to vict’ry.

There is music in the air, my boys, I hear its joyful sound,
From east and west and north and south, to the Nation’s utmost bound
And we’ll bury Grover Cleveland deep beneath his free-trade mound,
For we are marching to vict’ry.

Hurrah, hurrah for Harrison the true
Hurrah, hurrah for Levi Morton, too
For every man we’ve on the track we’re bound to get first through,
For we are marching to vict’ry.

Decatur Republican (Decatur, Illinois) Sep 20, 1888

How Big is Grover!

How big is Grover Cleveland, pa,
That people call him great?
Is he as large as brainy Ben,
The favorite candidate?
Oh, yes, my son; he weighs a ton;
‘Tis mostly gall or fat,
He was a No. 19 collar
And a little Tom Thumb hat.

Decatur Republican (Decatur, Illinois) Sep 27, 1888

Political Parallels

November 2, 2009


The Difference Between Cleveland and Blaine.

LONDON, July 12. — The Daily News says:

America’s foreign relations will be safer in Cleveland’s hands than in those of Blaine. The latter represents the American jingo party which, like the same party here, makes up in audacity and volubility for lack of numbers. As president, Cleveland would cultivate quietude abroad and peace at home. If elected, he will be chosen on the ground that he will more worthily represent the good sense and studied moderation of the American people than Blaine.

Galveston Daily News (Galveston, Texas) Jul 13, 1884



Henry Watterson (Image from Wikimedia)

Mr. Henry Watterson is credited with the brilliant remark that “the longer Grover Cleveland has been before the people the more he has weakened.” That is the sort of candidate the Democrats usually nominate.

Inquiring youth — “Father, is Mr. Blaine a very bad man?”

Democratic father — “Oh, yes, my son, he is one of the most dangerous men in the country.”

I.Y. — “What did he do that makes him so bad?”

D.F. — “Why, in the first place he had a mother who was a Roman Catholic, and a father who was a Presbyterian, while he is Congregationalist. Then again, he is a bold, shrewd man with immense influence and great ability, and in addition to that he is intensely American, intensely American.”

I.Y. — “Yes, but what has he done?”

D.F. — “Why, you young blockhead, isn’t what I’ve told you enough?”

NOTE. — The woods are ful of d.f.s who are using the above unanswerable arguments against Mr. Blaine.

Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, Nevada) Jul 21, 1884

The man and Democrat who suggests that Cleveland take the stump and discuss public questions with Blaine, is no friend of Cleveland or his party, and should retire.

This is the fifth time the would-be-in-power Democracy have added the “reform” dodge to the tail of their ticket. Every man they have put up has been claimed as a reformer.

The work of making a great man out of Grover Cleveland, says the Cincinnati Commercial Gazette, seems to halt because of circumstances over which the laborers have no control.

Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, Nevada) Aug 12, 1884


cleveland as hamlet

Cleveland as Hamlet (Image from

NO DEMOCRAT or Republican supposes for a moment that Cleveland will write his own letter of acceptance, because they know that the Democratic bosses dare not trust him to do so. No Democrat or Republican doubts that Blaine wrote his masterly letter himself, because they well know he can do it better than any one can do it for him.

No one knows what Cleveland’s views are on any of the great public questions; he does not know himself, probably.

No one is ignorant of Blaine’s views on those questions, because he has been for fifteen years the leading American statesman.

To compare James G. Blaine to Sheriff Cleveland is “Hyperion to a Satyr,” something to nothing, matter to space.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisconsin) Aug 5, 1884



Grover Cleveland's Wedding (Image from Wikimedia)


The telegraph says President Cleveland and bride will soon make a trip to Europe, probably as soon as congress adjourns. No president while in office ever was outside the boundary lines of the United States, and we suggest to Mr. Cleveland that he ride over a little of his own country before going abroad.

Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, Nevada) Jun 2, 1886


grover-cleveland in chair

Grover Cleveland

Jeffersonian simplicity at Washington is thus described by Editor Watterson: “I have seen Washington under 10 administrations, and I never dreamed that such arrogance and insolence as now prevails were possible. I would not, as a self-respecting man, venture to enter any Department where I am not personally known.”

Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, Nevada) Mar 7, 1887


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Death of Cleveland’s Substitute

NEW YORK, August, 20.
A Bath (New York) special says: George Brinski, the man who claimed to have served three years in the Union Army during the war of the rebellion, as a substitute for Grover Cleveland, died in the Soldiers’ Home near here at 12:30 yesterday morning of consumption.

Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, Nevada) Aug 20, 1887


On the Pyramid Reservation, somebody, who has an eye to the eternal fitness of things, has named the only blind Indian boy there “Grover Cleveland.”

Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, Nevada) Oct 3, 1887


THE Sacramento Bee salutes the President’s message as follows:

President Grover Cleveland has written a message. We tender to him our sympathy. We congratulate the Republican party. WE doff our hats to James G. Blaine, the next President of this nation. Let the voters read the Free Trade message of Grover Cleveland.

Let the manufacturers read it.

Let the workingmen read it.

Let the men who are dependent upon their daily toil for their daily bread read it.

Let them know that the Democratic Moses who has brought his party out of the wilderness of twenty-four years of defeat to deprive the American laboring citizen of his daily bread, who attempts to sanctify a doctrine that might leave the wives and children to the tender hands of charity.

For, just so sure as free trade prevails in this land, just so sure will engines be stopped, just so sure will the fire go out in the forge, just so sure will the busy whirr of wheels be ended in many and many a manufacturing town of this nation, which to-day has its greatest pride in its strong intelligent, honest and happy workers.

The manufacturers of this country cannot compete with pauper labor of foreign countries, England included.

Give us Free Trade, and if the wheels ever whirl again, they will keep time to the tears of the wives of good American citizens and to the jabber of paupers imported from abroad.

Reno Evening Gazette (Reno, Nevada) Dec 7, 1887


Image from Wikimedia


The Unfortunate Woman Tells the Story of Her Acquaintance With Cleveland.

New York [Special.]

During the last three months the story of Governor Cleveland and Maria Halpin has occupied much public attention, but until now no public word has been heard from the unfortunate woman, whose name has been on every tongue. The following is furnished as her sworn statement, witnessed by her son, who urged her to “tell the truth” regarding the points which bore hardest upon her in the defense of the Governors furnished by the latter’s friends:

“State of New York, county of Westchester. Maria B. Halpin, being duly sworn, says: I reside at New Rochelle, in the county of Westchester, state aforesaid. I am the person whose name has been published in connection with that of Grover Cleveland as the mother of his son. I have been induced to remain silent while the disgrace and sufferings brought upon my by Grover Cleveland have been discussed and criticised by the public and the press, and I would most gladly remain silent even now but for the duty which I owe to my aged and afflicted father, my children, and my sister, to whom my troubles were unknown until made public by a publication a few months ago. My duty to these relatives and to those friends who knew me before my acquaintance with Grover Cleveland, whose kind assurances of love and sympathy and confidence have reached me, compels me to make a public statement and denial of many of the statements which have been made public concerning me and my character and actions while in Buffalo.

“I would gladly avoid further publicity of this terrible misfortune if I could do so without appearing to admit the foul and false statements concerning my character and habits, especially those made by Mr. Horatio C. King and published with the alleged approval of Grover Cleveland himself.”

In reference to the introduction to Mr. Cleveland, she says:

“I deny that there was anything in my actions or against my character at any time or any place up to the hour I formed the acquaintance of Grover Cleveland on account of which he or any other person can cast the slightest suspicion over me. Up to that hour my life was pure and spotless as that of any lady in the city of Buffalo — a fact which Grover Cleveland should be man enough and just enough to admit, and I defy him or any of his friends to state a single fact or give a single incident or action of mine to which any one could take exception. I always felt that I had the confidence and esteem of my employers, Messrs. Hinman & Best and Flint & Kent, and this I could not maintain if I had been the vile wretch his friends would have the world believe. He sought my acquaintance and obtained an introduction to me from a person in whom I had every confidence, and he paid me very marked attention. His character, so far as I then knew, was good, and his attentions, I believed, were pure and honorable.

“The circumstances under which my ruin was accomplished are too revolting on the part of Grover Cleveland to be made public. I did not see Grover Cleveland for five or six weeks after my ruin, and I was obliged to send for him, he being the proper person to whom I could tell my trouble. I will not at this time detail my subsequent sufferings, and the birth of our boy, September 14, 1874. But I will say that the statement published in the Buffalo Telegram, in the main, is true. There is not, and never was, a doubt as to the paternity of our child, and the attempt of Grover Cleveland, or his friends, to couple the name of Oscar Folsom, or any one else, with that boy, for that purpose is simply infamous and false. Attached hereto is a statement prepared and to me submitted by the friend of Grover Cleveland to sign. But I declined to do so, because the statemtns therein contained are not true.

“Signed and sworn before me this 28th day of October, 1884.

“[Seal.] Notoary Public, Westchester county, N.Y.


The statement alluded to, and which she did not sign, is as follows:

“I have read the statement published in the Buffalo Telegram, of the date of ____, concerning myself and Mr. Cleveland, a statement which is largely false and malicious. Shortly after the death of my husband, some twelve years ago, I removed to Buffalo with my children. Some time after that I met Mr. Cleveland, and made his acquaintance, which acquaintance extended over a period of some months. During that time I received from Mr. Cleveland uniform kindness and courtesy. I have now and always had a hight esteem for Mr. Cleveland. I have not seen him in sever or eight years.”

Daily Gazette, The (Fort Wayne, Indiana) Nov 1, 1884

Congressional Poetry

July 16, 2009
U.S. Capitol 1906 (Image from

U.S. Capitol 1906 (Image from


How dear to our hearts is our Democratic Congress,
As hopeless inaction presents it to view;
The bill of poor Wilson, the deep tangled tariff,
And every mad pledge that their lunacy knew!
The widespread depression, the mills that closed by it,
The rock of free silver where great Grover fell;
They’ve busted our country, no use to deny it,
And damn the old party, it’s busted as well!

This G. Cleveland Congress,
This Queen Lily Congress,
This wild free trade Congress
We all love so well.

Their moss-covered pledges we no longer treasure,
For often at noon, when our hunting a job,
We find that instead of the corn they had promised,
They’ve given us nothing — not even a cob!
How ardent we cussed ’em with lips overflowing
With sulphurous blessings as great swear words fell.
The emblems of hunger, free trade and free silver,
Are sounding in sorrow the workingman’s knell!

This bank breaking Congress
This mill closing Congress,
This starvation Congress
We all love so well.

How sweet from their eloquent lips to receive it,
Cursed tariff protection no longer uphold.
We listened — and voted our dinner pails empty,
The factories silent, the furnaces cold.
And now far removed from our lost situations,
The tear of regret doth intrusively swell.
We yearn for Republican administration
And sigh for the Congress that served us so well

This Fifty-third Congress
This Democrat Congress
This sugar-cured Congress
We wish was in h—


Sandusky Register (Sandusky, Ohio) Aug 7, 1894


Below, a poem about the 52nd U.S. Congress:

This Glorious Congress.

Now we stand upon the border
Of the doing of a Congress,
Such as we have never heard of;
Such as we had never thought of;
Such a Congress as some Congress
Might have made by legislating,
Or a Poet in his frenzy
Might have captured from his fancy!
Come the member from the forests,
Come the members from the prairies,
From the hills and from the valley,
From the towns and from the cities;
Hayseed here and hayseed yonder;
Sockless statesmen in their glory;
Whiskers, for the wind’s wild whistling;
Sawlogs, waiting for a buzz-saw;
Slouch hats, plug hats, skull caps, derbies,
Silver for the gray cloud’s lining;
Liquor straight, or mixed with water;
Water straight, or mixed with liquor;
Money turned out by the cart-load,
Erstwhile filled with white potatoes;
Money made of straw and fodder;
Yellow money good for something;
These be there and with them standing
Men who work for home protection;
Men who work for foreign products;
Buncombe boomers from the cornfields,
Yearning for appropriations,
Hungry for a public building,
Thirsting for some lock-dammed river;
Anything to get a dollar
For their well-beloved people!
Amateurs as yet in Congress,
Dazzled by its distant splendor,
Every individual member,
Fresh amidst its “arduous labors,”
Zealous to discharge his duty,
Wild to burst in oratory,
Stuck on Fame for future ages.
Greener than a summer pumpkin,
Waiting till on some tomorrow
Some high-toned and august Speaker,
With the rattle of his gavel,
Call this most peculiar Congress,
And likewise other things, to order.


The News (Frederick, Maryland) Dec 10, 1891