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Supreme Court, May, 1859* Rather than open his own law firm, he remained, with his old. associates as their chief clerk. In 1863, Cleveland, accepted, the position as assistant district attorney. The Civil War broke out, hut as law permitted, he fur ­ nished a substitute when he was drafted, as he was the chief support of his mother and sisters. He continued to fulfill his duties, and though not a brilliant attorney, he was a hard worker and took his work seriously. Cleveland was elected Sheriff of Erie County in 1870. He served the county so well that despite his protestations , he was nominated for mayor and was elected in l88l. His good reputation for defending "the little man" spread throughout the state. In November, 1882, a landslide vote swept him into the office of Gover ­ nor of New York. Cleveland's connection with Buffalo ended. In 1885, he was elected the twenty-second president of the United States. While president, Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom, daughter of a close friend who had died years before. The wedding took place in the White House June 2, 1886. The Clevelands had five children: Ruth, Esther, Marion, Richard Folsom, and Frances Grover. After serving another term 1893-1897, Grover Cleveland retired to the quiet village of Princeton, New Jersey to enjoy life with his family and to vacation at "Grey Gables" on Cape Cod. Quietly, on the morning of January 2k, 1908, Cleveland died. His final words were, "I have tried hard to do right. "

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