Grover Cleveland


What member of his second-term cabinet served in two different positions?

Richard Olney served as U.S. attorney general the first two years of Cleveland’s second term and then as secretary of state the last two years, after Walter Q. Gresham died in office. A Harvard-educated lawyer, Olney performed well in both positions. As secretary of state, he forcefully advanced the country’s positions on foreign-policy issues. In the twentieth century, he would turn down two federal government positions from President Woodrow Wilson.


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