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STEPHEN GROVER CLEVELAND
New York presents a grand array of no- | selection from such a number of distin
ble names, which have alike shed a lustre guished personages.
on the Democratic party and the nation. Its great men have been conspicuous in the camps of the soldier in the pulpit, at the bar, and in the legislative halls of servative in his views, deliberate in his the state and nation. The political his-action, profound in thought, and brilliant tory of our country is filled with the names in intellect, he is a statesman who ornaof men from this state who have left ments his high position of United States their imprints upon this age and genera- Senator. tion, and become known and famous throughout the civilized world.
Thurman, of Ohio, whose giant intellect and broad-gauge views won him the poMartin Van Buren who succeeded sition of a leading senator-a man whose Andrew Jackson as President, Horatio acute knowledge of jurisprudence eleSeymour, Horace Greeley, General Mc- vated him to the head of the Bar, and Clellan, and Samuel J. Tilden, nominees whose will-power is coequal with his for that elevated position all hailed from judgment, was one of the contestants. that state, while General Hancock, an- Indiana presented McDonald, stalwart other nominee, although not belonging in faith, careful and plodding in details, to it, was and is an actual resident of New whose record in the Senate was without York. The country believes, and it will blot or blemish. Pennsylvania, through go through all time as a matter of history, ex-Senator Wallace, named Mr Randall, that Mr. Tilden failed to become Presi- who in the councils of his native city, in dent, not because he was defeated at the the State Senate, and for nearly a quarter ballot box, but because he was sacrificed of a century in Congress, has been favorby the Electoral Commission at Washing- ably known by the people. As an organton, and that four years of Republican izer, a parliamentarian and legislator he misrule was forced upon the country by is the acknowledged leader of the House that unjust and illegal decision. of Representatives. The present accomplished Speaker of the House, Mr. Carlisle, of Kentucky, one of the intellectual giants of Congress, a Chesterfield in manners, and a Napoleon in strategy-Morrison, of Illinois, with true western push, and advanced ideas of political economy, formed a brilliant pair on the nominating roster. Any one of these men would have been a worthy leader of the Democracy to victory, and, therefore, the selection of Stephen G. Cleveland from the number was an enviable honor, apart from that which attains to the Presidential office.
The Democratic National Convention, which convened at Chicago, July 8, to make nominations, after carefully surveying the field and digesting the merits of the respective candidates, again selected a candidate from the Empire state in the person of Stephen G. Cleveland, the present Governor. When we consider the galaxy of grand names before the Convention for its consideration, and the influences by which they were presented and supported, it cannot fail to impress us with the force and reputation of the man who could win amongst such compeers. Probably never before had a National Convention the opportunity of making a ancestry, about which the American peo
It is not the purpose of this biographical notice to trace with minute exactness an
Delaware presented its Bayard, a timehonored name in that state, and an acknowledged leader among men. Con
ple care but little, as under a government | which have been presented to this conlike ours the faded pages of ancestral vention than myself; but, gentlemen, the records weigh but little against the living world is moving, and moving rapidly. realities of the present. A Government From the North to the South, new men, of the people takes the people as they are, men who have acted but little in politics, and for what they are worth, as compo- are coming to the front [applause], and nent parts thereof, and not from any to-day there are hundreds and thousands heritage from buried generations. It re- of young men in this country, men who cognizes no royalty of birth, no caste be- are to cast their first vote, who are indecause of ancestry, but, actuated by the pendent in politics, and they are looking spirit of our laws, it rates him for his in- to this convention, praying silently that trinsic worth, and no matter how humble there shall be no mistake made here. his originThey want to drive the Republican party from power. They want to cast their vote for a Democrat in whom they believe. [Applause.] These people know from the record of the gentleman whose name I shall present that Democracy with him means honest government, pure government, and protection to the rights of the people of every class and every condition.
Cleveland's Name Presented.
MR. CHAIRMAN AND GENTLEMEN OF A little more than three years ago I had THE CONVENTION: It is with no ordinary the honor, at the city of Buffalo, to present feeling of responsibility, that I appear be- the name of this same gentleman for the fore this Convention as representative of office of Mayor of that city. It was prethe Democracy of the State of New York sented then for the same reason, for the [applause] for the purpose of placing in same causes that we present now, it was nomination a gentleman from the State of because the Government of that city had NewYork as a candidate for the Presidency become corrupt, and had become debased, of the United States. This responsibility is and political integrity sat not in high made greater when I remember that the places. The people looked for a man who richest pages of American history have would represent the contrary, and without been made up from the records of Demo- any hesitation they named Grover Clevecratic administration. [Applause.] This land as the man [at this point there was a responsibility is made still greater when I wild burst of applause. Some of the New remember that the only blot in the political York delegation, practically the entire history done at Washington, an outrage Wisconsin delegation and some few scatupon the rights of the American people, tering delegates, stood up and made all was in 1876, and that that outrage and the demonstrations possible in Cleveland's that injury to justice is still unavenged favor. As soon as the uproar subsided [applause], and this responsibility is not and comparative order was regained, Mr. lessened when I recall the fact that the Lockwood continued.]. The result of that gentleman whose name I shall present to election and his holding that office was you has been my political associate from that in less than nine months the State of my youth. Side by side have we marched New York found herself in a position to to the tune of Democratic music, side by want just such a candidate and for such a side have we studied the principles of purpose, and when at the Convention in Jefferson and Jackson, and we love the 1882 his name was placed in nomination faith in which we believe and during all for the office of Governor of the State of this time he has occupied a position com- New York, the same people, the same paratively as a private citizen, yet always class of people, knew that that meant true and always faithful to Democratic honest government, it meant pure governprinciples. No man has greater respect ment, it meant Democratic government, or admiration for the honored names and it was ratified by the people. [Cheers.]
"The man sa man for a that."
Before entering upon a biographical sketch of Mr Cleveland, we will introduce him to our readers as he was presented to the Chicago Convention by Mr. Lockwood.