Biography and History

Grover Cleveland was the twenty-second (1885-1889) and twenty-fourth (1893-1897) president of the United States. After leaving the White House he retired to Princeton, N.J.

Cleveland's introduction to Princeton came during his second presidency when he spoke at the University's 1896 sesquicentennial celebration. So enamored with Princeton were the Clevelands that in 1897 Grover and wife Frances Folsom purchased a mansion on Hodge Road, dubbing the estate "Westland." As a resident of Princeton the ex-president became deeply involved in University affairs and was a staple on campus, lecturing once or twice a year and taking part in annual Commencement ceremonies. He was elected a trustee in 1901 and until his death seven years later was one of the Board's most visible members, contributing vocally to the tumultuous debate on the graduate school and acting as chairman of the trustees committee on that topic (Cleveland sided with Dean Andrew Fleming West's plan).

Grover Cleveland died in Princeton in 1908 and his contributions to the University and to the nation were acknowledged by the construction of the Cleveland Memorial Tower of the Graduate College, a monument erected by popular subscription in 1913.

Source: From the finding aid for AC348

Biography and History

A former mayor of Buffalo and governor of New York, Grover Cleveland became the twenty-second (1885-1889) and twenty-fourth (1893-1897) president of the United States. He retired to Princeton, N.J., after leaving the White House.

Source: From the finding aid for C0237

  • Sesquicentennial Celebration Records. circa 1887-1993 (inclusive), 1894-1904 (bulk).

    Call Number: AC141

    The collection consists of materials relating to the three-day Sesquicentennial Celebration in October 1896, at which the College of New Jersey became Princeton University. In addition to ephemera and printed material distributed at the celebration, the collection includes a typescript draft of President Francis Landey Patton's sermon, sesquicentennial memorial books, a published sketchbook, official congratulations from other institutions, and press releases and newspaper clippings reporting the events.

  • Grover Cleveland Collection. 1879-1984 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC348

    Grover Cleveland was the twenty-second (1885-1889) and twenty-fourth (1893-1897) president of the United States. After leaving the White House he retired to Princeton, N.J where he was a Trustee of Princeton University. The Grover Cleveland Papers consist of collected research materials regarding Grover Cleveland, his life in Princeton, and his relation to the University.

  • Grover Cleveland Collection. 1879-1984 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC348

    Grover Cleveland was the twenty-second (1885-1889) and twenty-fourth (1893-1897) president of the United States. After leaving the White House he retired to Princeton, N.J where he was a Trustee of Princeton University. The Grover Cleveland Papers consist of collected research materials regarding Grover Cleveland, his life in Princeton, and his relation to the University.

  • Grover Cleveland Collection. 1860-1907 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0237

    Consists of several holograph addresses, miscellaneous correspondence, and family photographs of American president Grover Cleveland.

  • Woodrow Wilson Collection. 1837-1986 (inclusive), 1883-1924 (bulk).

    Call Number: MC168

    The Woodrow Wilson Collection consists of Wilson holdings which have been acquired by the Princeton University Library Department of Rare Books and Special Collections gradually over many years by purchase and gifts from many sources. The collection is rich in material prior to Wilson's presidential years, although it is not limited to this period; researchers will find materials documenting both the public and private life of Woodrow Wilson. Various types of information written by or about Wilson are present in the collection, including manuscripts, addresses, articles, correspondence, telegrams, legal documents, booklets, pamphlets, photographs, portraits, cartoons, newspapers and scrapbooks.