Seconding Speech For Grover Cleveland "We Love Him For The Enemies He Has Made"
by Edward S. Bragg

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"We Love Him For The Enemies He Has Made"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Bragg's first connections with Democratic conventions came in Charleston, in 1860, where he supported Stephen A. Douglas for the presidency. He was also a delegate to the Philadelphia Loyalist Convention of 1868. Later as a veteran politician from Wisconsin, he headed its delegates to the Democratic convention of 1884 in Chicago. Here he uttered his best-remembered words. Rather than "By their friends shall ye knew them,"–an uncertain guide about politicians whose "friends" are created by all sorts of motives,–Bragg cites the enemies that Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) had created while governor of New York among the wire-pulling and ring-running politicians of Tammany Hall. Then, as he testified in the entry he prepared for Who's Who in America for 1902, he seconded the Hon. David Lakewood's nomination of Cleveland for president, in the name of the young voters of the west, and added the remark which, with two slight changes, became the Cleveland campaign slogan:

They love him most for the enemies he has made.