In the middle 1880s, the town of Oxford grew quickly, established its own school system, and provided more material facilities to improve the quality of life of its citizens. The federal government constructed a big new building to house its post office and the headquarters of its district court for northern Mississippi. The economic outlook was optimistic, and there were clear signs that the South was again joining the Union. In November, 1884, Grover Cleveland was elected president and took office in March, 1885, the first Democrat in the White House since 1861. Cleveland was anxious to signal the reengagement of the South in the nation, and his enthusiasm led his thoughts straight to Oxford, Mississippi. He offered the position of secretary of interior in his cabinet to Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar.
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