In the #MeToo era, Cleveland’s story echoes menacingly across the years. Maria Halpin, a widow living in Buffalo, N.Y., alleged that Grover Cleveland raped her in 1873. When Halpin threatened to tell her story, Cleveland, an influential figure in Buffalo, warned that he would ruin her. Halpin subsequently discovered that she was pregnant with Cleveland’s child. Cleveland first placed Halpin in a mental institution, then paid her to leave town and arranged for the baby’s adoption.