I’m on a roll this week. It turned out that the Cleveland arms—or, more correctly, the attributed Cleveland arms—had a more interesting story behind them than I had expected. The article’s now up at http://americanheraldry.org/pages/index.php?n=President.Cleveland
Very nice work!
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For those unfamiliar with the campaign jingles of the presidential election of 1884, here is an Republican chant: Ma, Ma, where’s my Pa? Gone to the White House. Ha, ha, ha. Which was met by this response from the Cleveland supporters: Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine, the continental liar from the state of Maine! This goes to show that American politics has always been nasty. It is strange to think that my maternal grandmother was born during his first term in office.
I find the crest very nicely done Joe, I luv it much!
Extremely nice work! Is it just me, or does the crest somewhat look like Mark Twain?
Or is it because we have begun reading Huck Finn in English class and I’ve got ‘Twain on the brain’? :D
Nice work Joe! Keep the presidential arms coming!
have u thought about checking with the White House, or anyone who would know, if there is anything heraldic left at the White House by any of our presidents to go with this great work? u probably have, but i thought i’d ask just in case. if there’s a way to find out it’d be cool to add it here.
Now I know where the arms of the Diocese of cleveland (OH) come from.
A fascinating story!
Joe—nice write-up! Two things:
* last paragraph of Section 3 "of not" should read "if not"
* in section re: the diocese, was General Moses Cleveland (sp?) also a descendant of the immigrant Moses Cleveland from Ipswich? I’m guessing yes, but its not clear. (If not—i.e. if he wasn’t a cousin of the President—then the use of arms based on those claimed by the President’s family seems less OK for a city or whatever that was named after the General.)
Both good catches. I had gone in earlier this morning and caught both defects and fixed them, but based on your note I’ve now gone back again and made Gen. Moses’ relationship with President Grover a little clearer. Thanks.