General Moses Cleaveland was a surveyor from Connecticut who founded Cleveland, Ohio in 1796. He was also a soldier, lawyer, and politician. He died and was buried in Canterbury, Connecticut.

In The Broom of the System, Cleaveland's skeleton lies in the cement sidewalk in front of the Bombardini Building. It is surrounded by electrified girllwork, and a pole sticks out of its left eye socket, supporting a sign that reads: "THIS SPACE RESERVED FOR NORMAN BOMBARDINI, WITH WHOM YOU DO NOT WANT TO MESS" (47).