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And still the question, What shall be done with our ex-Presidents? is not laid at rest; and I sometimes think Wattersons solution of it, Take them out and shoot them, is worthy of attention.

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Source Notes: Source: GROVER CLEVELAND, letter to William F. Vilas, April 19, 1889.Letters of Grover Cleveland, 18501908, ed. Allan Nevins, p. 204 .Henry Watterson, editor of the Louisville, Kentucky, Courier-Journal for fifty years, feared that a presidents ambitions would lead him to seek a third term and then life tenancy. Because any other position after the presidency would seem anticlimactic, Watterson believed the country was not safe from any president while he was alive. He especially worried about Theodore Roosevelt, a young president who greatly enjoyed the presidency, and he frequently editorialized on this theme during Roosevelts second term, though the remark was facetious.Joseph Henry Wall, Henry Watterson, pp. 25455 .

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Stephen Grover Cleveland (March 18, 1837 June 24, 1908) was the 22nd (1885 1889) and 24th (1893 1897) President of the United States, and the only President to serve two non-consecutive terms. He was the only Democrat elected to the presidency in the era of Republican political domination between the American Civil War and the election of Woodrow Wilson in 1912 (Andrew Johnson is considered a Democrat, although he was technically elected under the National Union Party ticket, not the Democratic one).

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