Cleveland was the leader of the pro-business Bourbon Democrats who opposed high tariffs, Free Silver, inflation, imperialism, and subsidies to business, farmers, or veterans. His campaign for political reform and fiscal conservatism made him an icon for American conservatives of the era. Cleveland won praise for his honesty, self-reliance, integrity, and commitment to the principles of classical liberalism. He relentlessly fought political corruption, patronage, and bossism. Indeed, as a reformer his prestige was so strong that the like-minded wing of the Republican Party, called "Mugwumps", largely bolted the GOP presidential ticket and swung to his support in the 1884 election.
He used his appointment powers to reduce the number of federal employees. Cleveland began to replace more of the partisan Republican officeholders with Democrats. He and Secretary of the Navy William C. Whitney undertook to modernize the navy and canceled construction contracts that had resulted in inferior ships. He also ordered an investigation of western lands that were held by government grant which angered railroad investors. Cleveland was the first Democratic President subject to the Tenure of Office Act which originated in 1867; the act purported to require the Senate to approve the dismissal of any presidential appointee who was originally subject to its advice and consent.
Grover Cleveland is the only double president. He was the only president in New Jersey. Grover disallowed over 300 bills. He was also the first president to be filmed.
Grover Cleveland was quoted as saying "Whatever you do tell the truth."