was a sixth generation American whose ancestor, Moses Cleveland,
arrived at Massachusetts in 1635. He never attended college, however,
Cleveland studied law under Daniel Frost of Canterbury and became
a lawyer in 1819 at the age of 20. He also joined the state militia
rising to the rank of Brigadier-General. During Cleveland's career
he served as probate judge and a State attorney.
spent many years in the State House of Representatives as a Democrat,
however, during the Civil War he became a Republican. Cleveland
pushed for many social reforms. He worked to put an end to imprisonment
for debt as well as a child labor law. Cleveland also helped secure
funding for an insane asylum.
was an active opponent of slavery and helped organize Connecticut's
Republican Party. In 1861, he served as one of the delegates from
the State to the peace Congress in Washington, an attempt to avoid