A belated President’s Day tribute to both our nation’s 22nd and 24th President, Grover Cleveland. After beginning his career in Buffalo in 1859, Cleveland avoided service in the Civil War by paying a Polish immigrant to serve in his place. While Cleveland’s reputation as a lawyer grew, his substitute joined a New York battalion of Polish cavalrymen famous for always dropping their horses.
As Sheriff of Eerie County, the future president had to oversee the execution of two convicted murderers. He could have paid a deputy to act as hangman but performed the task himself apparently preferring to kill only in peacetime when the other guy couldn’t shoot back.
As President, the man from Buffalo once visited Piedmont Park.