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The Unitary ExecutivePresidential Power from Washington to Bush$
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Steven G. Calabresi and Christopher S. Yoo

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300121261

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300121261.001.0001

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Grover Cleveland's Second Term

Grover Cleveland's Second Term

(p.226) 24 Grover Cleveland's Second Term
The Unitary Executive

Steven G. Calabresi

Christopher S. Yoo

Yale University Press

This chapter describes how Grover Cleveland was depicted in the media as a Roman emperor due to his vaguely monarchical, if not imperial, conception of the presidency. Being a “latter day Jacksonian,” he wished to be seen as the tribune of the people. Cleveland appreciated that the American public was weary of the personal quarrels and bickering that had characterized American politics since the Civil War and would look with favor upon a candidate and a president who appeared to stand tall and independent—one that personified rugged individualism and political courage. He was a staunch defender of the president's removal power and of the unitary executive, and took office for the second time with the same sentiments still intact.

Keywords:   latter day Jacksonian, Grover Cleveland, Roman emperor, tribune, individualism, political courage

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