“Ryan Walters shows Grover Cleveland for precisely what he was – a man of character, principle and honesty; a lover of liberty and the Constitution; a leader who put sound policy ahead of personal ambition; and a president whose example shames the records of most of his successors.”

– Lawrence W. Reed, President, Foundation for Economic Education


“Ryan Walters’ examination of the life of Grover Cleveland does honor to a President who deserves praise for his independence, integrity and embrace of conservatism.  Ryan brilliantly dissects a difficult historical period with ease and reveals the timeless ideals of a principled statesman, proving that conservative leadership works.  Cleveland may be best remembered as the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms, but he was also a warrior who favored the gold standard, low taxes, limited government and a prudent foreign policy.  More than a century ago, his battles for government reform and fiscal restraint made him an icon for American conservatives.  Today, his story provides a roadmap for restoring American greatness.”

– Senator Chris McDaniel, Jones County, Mississippi


The Last Jeffersonian: Grover Cleveland and the Path to Restoring the Republic, by my friend Ryan Walters, is just what we need to fill the gaps in our knowledge about this great man and his era.

Ryan Walters, a rising spokesman for Southern conservatism, is a PhD candidate in nineteenth-century American history.  In The Last Jeffersonian, Walters has resurrected a true American conservative hero, possibly even more significant because Cleveland was not tied to the Republican Establishment.

May we hear more of Grover Cleveland, and from Ryan Walters, in the future!”

– Professor John Eidsmoe, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law

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