Grover Cleveland

Early Career

How did Cleveland avoid war service?

Cleveland avoided the draft and service in the Civil War by paying Polish immigrant George Brinske one hundred and fifty dollars to be his substitute. Cleveland claimed, rightfully according to his biographers, that he was the chief supporter of his mother and sisters.


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