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A Secret Life: The Lies and Scandals of President Grover Cleveland

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The child was born on September 14, 1874, at the only hospital in Buffalo, New York, that offered maternity services for unwed mothers. It was a boy, and though he entered the world in a state of illegitimacy, a distinguished name was given to this newborn: Oscar Folsom Cleveland. The son of the future president of the United States--Grover Cleveland. The story of how the man who held the nation's highest office eventually came to take responsibility for his son is a thrilling one that reads like a sordid romance novel--including allegations of rape, physical violence, and prostitution. The stunning lengths that Cleveland undertook to conceal what really happened the evening of his son's conception are truly astonishing--including forcing the unwed mother, Maria Halpin, into an insane asylum.

A Secret Life also finally reveals what happened to Grover Cleveland's son. Some historians have suggested that he became an alcoholic and died a young man--but Lachman definitively establishes his fate here for the first time. In this gripping historical narrative, Charles Lachman sets the scandal-plagued record straight with a tightly-coiled plot that provides for narrative history at its best.

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"Despite his walrus-like appearance, president Grover Cleveland (1837 — 1908) generated enough sexual turmoil to fuel several Victorian melodramas, according to this rollicking biography. Journalist Lachman (The Last Lincolns: The Rise and Fall of a Great American Family) accepts the claim of Maria Halpin, a garment-industry supervisor in whom Cleveland was romantically interested, that, 11 years before his presidency began, Cleveland raped and impregnated her, broke a marriage promise and, in the course of a years-long custody battle, consigned their illegitimate son to an orphanage and had his hired men drag her to an insane asylum. The allegations became the centerpiece of the famously mud-slinging presidential campaign of 1884 — Cleveland's Republican opponents chanted ,'Ma, Ma, where's my Pa?' — and afford Lachman a peg for a lively, revealing account of the overwrought sexual politics, cutthroat partisanship, and press frenzies of the Gilded Age. Writing next to nothing about Cleveland's politics and policies, the author focuses instead on his woman issues, including his White House marriage to a decades-younger beauty and, casting about further, Lachman covers even Cleveland's sister's torrid lesbian affair. Lachman's Cleveland is a rather appealing, Falstaffian figure — jolly, beery, gluttonous, and possessed of a stubborn honor that's hard to square with a lapse into villainy. The result is a colorful but shapeless heap of dirty laundry. Photos. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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A Secret Life sets the record straight on the sex scandal that nearly took down a president.

About the Author

Charles Lachman is the executive producer of Inside Edition--the longest-running series of its kind. Previously he served as a producer for A Current Affair and was a reporter for the New York Post and The Fort Lauderdale News. Lachman is the author of In the Name of the Law, The Last Lincolns: The Rise and Fall of a Great American Family, and A Secret Life: The Lies, and Scandal of Grover Cleveland's Presidency.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781616082758
Author:
Lachman, Charles
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
US History-1860 to 1920
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Biography » Historical
Biography » Presidents and Heads of State
History and Social Science » US History » 1800 to 1945
History and Social Science » US History » 1860 to 1920
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » US History » General

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Despite his walrus-like appearance, president Grover Cleveland (1837 — 1908) generated enough sexual turmoil to fuel several Victorian melodramas, according to this rollicking biography. Journalist Lachman (The Last Lincolns: The Rise and Fall of a Great American Family) accepts the claim of Maria Halpin, a garment-industry supervisor in whom Cleveland was romantically interested, that, 11 years before his presidency began, Cleveland raped and impregnated her, broke a marriage promise and, in the course of a years-long custody battle, consigned their illegitimate son to an orphanage and had his hired men drag her to an insane asylum. The allegations became the centerpiece of the famously mud-slinging presidential campaign of 1884 — Cleveland's Republican opponents chanted ,'Ma, Ma, where's my Pa?' — and afford Lachman a peg for a lively, revealing account of the overwrought sexual politics, cutthroat partisanship, and press frenzies of the Gilded Age. Writing next to nothing about Cleveland's politics and policies, the author focuses instead on his woman issues, including his White House marriage to a decades-younger beauty and, casting about further, Lachman covers even Cleveland's sister's torrid lesbian affair. Lachman's Cleveland is a rather appealing, Falstaffian figure — jolly, beery, gluttonous, and possessed of a stubborn honor that's hard to square with a lapse into villainy. The result is a colorful but shapeless heap of dirty laundry. Photos. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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