Here in New Hampshire, our presidential connections are few, but significant. We’d rather the country forget Franklin Pierce. We’re much prouder of our first-in-the-nation primary, and we kind of like how Aaron Sorkin chose us to produce his president for The West Wing, even naming him after one of the guys who signed the Declaration of Independence for us. (Bartlett — the real one, not Martin Sheen — went on to serve both as Chief Justice of our Supreme Court and Governor.)
Now, yet another president is showing ties to New Hampshire — if considerably posthumously.
George Cleveland of Tamworth, New Hampshire has had a rather interesting life. He’s been a clown, an auctioneer, and town moderator. Now he’s got his sights set a bit higher — he’s running for the State Senate. He has a bit of a legacy to live up to, though — his grandfather was the only man to be elected president, defeated for re-election, and then come back and defeat his successor.
Yes, that’s right, he’s the son of Richard Cleveland, son of Grover Cleveland. Both men fathered their sons quite late in life, so it’s odd but understandable that a man who was born in 1837 could have a grandson who’s only 54.
Cleveland sounds like an interesting character. I think I’ll have to keep an eye on him.