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.Continue Reading
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In his second term, Cleveland repealed the Sherman Silver Act.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 Cleveland repealed this act to avoid the depletion of gold reserves.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.Learn more about US History
The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, or the Pendleton Act, states that U.S. Government employees should be hired on merit and not political reasons. It was passed in 1883 after President James Garfield was assassinated by a disgruntled job seeker.Full Answer >
The National Security Act was an influential reformation made to the United States' foreign and military groups that served as major basis for military and foreign policies. It was also responsible for the formation of the Central Intelligence Agency, commonly known as the CIA.Full Answer >
The attack of an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya in 2012, the debate over the Affordable Care Act and the operation of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp are considered to be controversial, perhaps scandalous, topics during President Obama's administration. For the Benghazi situation, critics accused the president of a cover-up. The Affordable Care Act has been a polarizing legislative move. The controversial Guantanamo Bay prison remains open, as of 2015.Full Answer >
Segregation ended in Alabama when the Civil Rights Act was approved by President Lyndon B. Johnson and passed into legislation in 1964. The law prohibited enforced racial separation in public facilities and business establishments, such as schools, libraries, swimming pools, movie houses, hotels and restaurants. Two earlier decisions by the United States Supreme Court that came out in 1954 and 1955 ruled that segregation in schools and public transportation was unconstitutional in Alabama.Full Answer >