Grover Cleveland


What presidential power did Cleveland use more than all previous presidents combined?

President Grover Cleveland believed strongly in the veto power. Just as he was called the “Veto Governor,” he became the “Veto President.” He vetoed more than four hundred bills during his first term in office—more than all other previous presidents combined. In his two terms, Cleveland vetoed 586 bills. The only president who vetoed more bills than Cleveland was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who served three full terms and part of a fourth term. Many of Cleveland’s vetoes were against bills that would provide pensions and private relief to many veterans. Cleveland believed in limited government and fiscal conservatism, which caused him to veto many bills that called for great government spending.


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