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1892 Presidential Election of Grover Cleveland: Topics in Chronicling America

Grover Cleveland defeated Benjamin Harrison in the 1892 Presidential election. This guide provides access to materials related to the “1892 Presidential Election” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


"How they will vote next Tuesday." November 5, 1892. St. Paul Globe (Saint Paul, MN), Image 1. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

After losing the 1888 presidential election despite being the incumbent, Grover Cleveland returned for another chance at the Presidency in 1892 as the Democratic nominee. Cleveland defeated incumbent President Benjamin Harrison in 1892 to become the only president elected for two non-consecutive terms. Read more about it!

The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.

The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.


June 7-10, 1892 Republican Nation Convention nominates incumbent President Benjamin Harrison for re-election.
June 21-23, 1892 Democratic National Convention nominates Grover Cleveland as their Presidential candidate.
October 25, 1892 First Lady Caroline Harrison dies after long illness, further subduing Harrison campaign.
November 8, 1892 Grover Cleveland becomes only President in U.S. history to win non-consecutive second term.