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What were Grover Cleveland's major accomplishments?

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Grover Cleveland's major accomplishments include passing the Interstate Commerce Act and repealing the Silver Purchase Act. Cleveland also passed the Presidential Succession Act that established the line of succession in the event a president dies or is removed from office. Cleveland was also the only US president to serve two non-consecutive terms in office. He was elected president in 1885 and again in 1893.

The Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 was passed during Cleveland's first term. The act led to the establishment of the Interstate Commerce Commission. This was the first federal regulatory agency. This commission regulated the railroad industry, and later expanded to oversee interstate bus lines and the trucking industry. The Interstate Commerce Commission was discontinued in 1995.

In his second term, Cleveland repealed the Sherman Silver Act. This act was originally passed in 1890 to increase the amount of silver the government was required to purchase. The act also required the Treasury to purchase the silver from the government in exchange for special issue Treasury notes that were redeemable for gold or silver. Cleveland repealed this act to avoid the depletion of gold reserves. During his presidency, Cleveland also laid the foundation for the federal regulation of commerce.


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