When Cleveland was re-elected President in November 1892 he was the most popular man in the country and during the canvass he had shown that at heart he had the true instincts of a gentleman. The Republican candidate in competition with him for the presidency was President Harrison, whose wife was ill during most of the campaign and was obliged to remain in the Adirondacks; here she had her husband's almost constant attendance. Cleveland was invited to be present at the Columbian anniversary in Chicago in anticipation of the Columbian Exposition on the next first of May. He replied to the invitation: "I am unwilling to take a trip which from beginning to end . . . would be regarded as a political tour made by a candidate for the presidency. My general aversion to such a trip is overwhelmingly increased in this particular instance, when I recall the afflictive dispensation which detains at the bedside of his sick wife another candidate for the presidency."1 During January 1893, ex-President Hayes passed away. Despite remonstrance and criticism from bitter partisans of his own party, who deprecated any honor paid to one who was thought by all good Democrats.to have owed his election to fraud, Cleveland, now President-elect, took the "tedious midwinter journey"2 from New York to Fremont to attend the funeral.____________________
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Publication information: Book title: History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850 to the Mckinley-Bryan Campaign of 1896. Volume: 8. Contributors: James Ford Rhodes - Author. Publisher: Macmillan. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1920. Page number: 394.
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