The Grover Cleveland birthplace was built in 1832 as a pastor's residence for the First Presbyterian Church of…More Caldwell where Cleveland's father, Richard Falley Cleveland, was the minister from 1834 to 1841.
Rev. Cleveland and his wife Ann had Stephen Grover Cleveland on March 18, 1837. Cleveland was the fifth of nine children. When he was 4 years old, the family moved to Fayetteville, N.Y.
The Caldwell home's historical significance began in 1881 when Grover Cleveland ran for governor of New York. In 1885, Cleveland became the 22nd president of the United States and later became the nation's 24th president. A group of Cleveland's friend purchased the home and opened it to the public on March 18, 1913.
The Grover Cleveland historic site is the only house museum in the country recognizing Cleveland's life. The birthplace is listed on New Jersey and national registers of historic places.
The 2.5-acre site features Cleveland's baby cradle, White House chair, clothing and fishing gear.
The Caldwells were settled in the 18th century and were revitalized a century later with the construction of…More Bloomfield Avenue, once a toll road that linked Newark with the western communities.
Caldwell is known most as the birthplace of Stephen Grover Cleveland, the country's 22nd and 24th president. Cleveland lived in Caldwell until he was 4 years old and his first home remains a historic site on Bloomfield Avenue.
Caldwell, with a population of 7,584 according to the 2000 census, has a mayor-council form of government headed by Mayor Susan Gartland. The council includes President Ann Dassing and members Gordon Lawshe, Joe Norton, Kay Slattery, Richard Hauser and Peter Murray.
Municipal departments include:
Department of Public Works: Director Mario BiFalco, 973-403-4640
Borough Construction Department: Paul Milani, construction official/code enforcement official, 973-403-4627; Anthony Marucci, borough engineer, 973-403-4628; Anthony Lardieri, plumbing subcode official, 973-403-4626; Greg Chontow, electrical subcode official, 973-403-4626; John D'Ascensio, fire subcode official, 973-403-4626 and Michael Rubin, zoning officer, 973-403-4626
Human Services Department: Maria Burak, director of human services and registrar of of vital statistics, 973-403-4623
Municipal Court: Marilyn Reeve, court director/administrator, 973-403-4630; Leanne O'Hern, deputy court administrator; Municipal Judge: Honorable Judge Garson; Prosecutor: Stephen Cannavale; Public Defender: Alexander Lee
Taxation Department: Rebecca Roth, tax collector, 973-403-6721; Jack Kelley, tax assesor, 973-226-6349; Colette Hassan, water and tax clerk, 973-226-6347
Wastewater Treatment Plant: Mike Patel, licensed plant operator, 973-575-0225; Edward Sandve, sewer director, 973-403-4635
Water Department: Bill Frint, licensed water operator, 973-226-6348; Rebecca Roth, water utility collector; Colette Hassan, water clerk
Health Department: Contact the department at 973-403-4623