Happy Presidents Day – Learn About the Two Presidents with Ties to New Jersey

by Alice Magdziak • February 15, 2016 • HolidayComments (0)2110

Only two U.S. Presidents have lived in New Jersey.   We all know that George Washington apparently ate and drank his way across New Jersey many times based on the number of places that boast of him eating or sleeping there at some point. But, he never really called New Jersey home.

Grover Cleveland was born in Caldwell and lived there for four years until the family moved to New York. He’s also the only President who was born in New Jersey.

Cleveland and His Loyal Friend

Cleveland was both our 22nd and 24th president. He was the only president to serve non-consecutive terms. While most of his life, he lived in New York state, he retired to Princeton and is buried there in the Nassau Presbyterian Church cemetery.

We visited his birthplace for our one thousandth post because Cleveland’s face graces the $1,000 bill.

Not only was he the only President to serve non-consecutive terms, he was also the only President to be married right inside the White House.  Other Presidents were married while serving as President but they all held their ceremonies elsewhere.

Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson was our 28th president and was born in Virginia but in 1890 moved to New Jersey and joined the faculty at Princeton.  He was the only president in our history to possess a Ph.D.  He went on to be promoted to President of Princeton University in 1902. In 1910, Wilson decided to leave Princeton and enter New Jersey politics.  He ran for Governor and won in 1910 and by 1912 was nominated to run as a Democratic presidential candidate.  He won the 1912 election and went on to govern the United States for eight years.

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