First Lady (second, non-consecutive term). She then returned to the city of Utica, New York, where she purchased her own home. She immediately agreed to help a Washington African-American woman to establish The Washington Home for Friendless Colored Girls after she had come across two starving girls eating out of a garbage can and then raise funds to purchase a building for the orphanage. Richard Folsom “Dick” Cleveland (28 October 1897 – 10 January 1947); Francis Following her father’s death when she was nine years old, Frances Cleveland’s only nuclear family member was her mother. It is not clear whether her maternal grandmother Ruth Rogers Harmon attended the Folsom-Cleveland wedding in the White House. The income she received from her book royalties soon accumulated and proved considerable. Born Frances Clara Folsom, her father was a … She was 36 years old and he was 74 years old. – 26 June, 1980); Marion Cleveland Dell Amen (7 July 1895 -18 June 1977); Henry Edward Perrine, born 20 March 1827 in Sodus, Wayne County, New York; died 30 May, 1901 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York. She and her husband were feted before their wedding with a White House dinner hosted by First Lady Nellie Taft. During the second term, she became the first presidential wife to pay a call on a head of state, the queen regent of Spain who was then visiting Washington. Wife of US President Grover Cleveland. Presidential First Lady. During her tour of the South with the President, Frances Cleveland also met with her elderly predecessor Sarah Polk at her Nashville, Tennessee estate, "Polk Place.". Mrs. Cleveland’s unaffected charm won her immediate popularity. Although the former First Lady had avoided controversy throughout her public life, her work with the NSL proved otherwise. She neither responded nor stopped wearing low-cut gowns; the WCTU nevertheless distributed fliers at its convention saying she had. He was married to Aimee Arrants and Amy Marie Arrants. Frances Clara Folsom, was born in Buffalo, New York, the only surviving child of Oscar Folsom, a lawyer and longtime close friend of Cleveland. *Frances Cleveland lived for a longer period of time after leaving the White House (51 years) than any other First Lady. While there, the 44 year old Rose Cleveland began a romantic friendship with Evangeline Simpson, a wealthy 30-year-old widow. Although she was developing her own independent career as a writer, editor and lecturer, she had begun to assume management of his domestic life as Governor of New York towards the end of his term. He died on … There she bought two property lots for twenty dollars and had her own cottage built there on Gulf Street, five blocks from the pier. Her first bookGeorge Eliot's Poetry and Other Studieswas published while she was in the White House, in June of 1885; it went through 12 editions in a year and earned her some $25,000. Evangeline Whipple lived for 12 years beyond Rose Cleveland, who died on 26 November, 1918. She was born in Buffalo, New York. The biographies of the First Ladies on WhiteHouse.gov are from “The First Ladies of the United States of America,” by Allida Black. There was a sharp increase in the death threats made to the President, and Frances Cleveland - without knowledge or permission of her husband - had Secret Service protection of him and of the White House increased. She attended and graduated from Paradise ISD in 1948 and married Grover O. Cleveland on Dec. 18, 1949. On the day of the wedding, crowds gathered outside the mansion and could hear the strains of music played by John Philip Sousa who led the Marine Band. Bishop Whipple died in 1901 and within four years Rose Cleveland and Eve Simpson Whipple had resumed their contact by letter. The story is not true of Grover Cleveland, but it is plausible that Ulrich may have remembered the wrong president. Frances Cleveland’s paternal grandfather John Folsom, who was originally intended to preside over her wedding ceremony died just 16 days before the marriage date. His mother was from Baltimore and was the daughter of a bookseller. (Minnesota Historical Society) They decided to both leave the United States and live together in Italy. AKA Frances Clara Folsom. ", *FrancesFolsom Clevelandis the youngest presidential wife to become First Lady, *FrancesFolsom Clevelandis the only First Lady who was married in the White House, Children:  Three daughters, two sons; Ruth Cleveland (3 – 1879. Cleveland’s scholarly sister Rose Elizabeth Cleveland: her bachelor brother’s hostess in 15 months of his first term of office. Becoming First Lady at age 21, she remains the youngest First Lady in history. Finding this especially dull, she later revealed that she was conjugating Greek and Latin verbs in her mind during this process. Frances Folsom Cleveland Prestonwas born on July 21, 1864, in Buffalo, New York in the United States of America. Medina Academy for Boys and Girls,Medina, New York, ? 4, 1897 V. President Thomas A. Hendricks (1st term) Adlai Stevenson (2nd term) Political Party Democratic Personal Info Born Mar. When she attended a ceremony to mark the opening of an organization that provided for educational, social, and practical opportunities for factory workers and made a point of greeting women workers, it made the cover of the November 1887Harper's Weeklymagazine. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Nevertheless, simply by the virtue of her popularity, Frances Cleveland was highly useful to her husband as a symbol of his Administration. One sister; Nellie Augusta Folsom (18 December, 1871 - 7 February, 1872), Taller than 5' 7" in height, black hair, dark blue eyes, Madame Brecker's French Kindergarten, 1870-1871, Buffalo, New York. Rose Cleveland’s facility with the classics prove useful to her during the long hours she was required to stand while shaking hands with endless lines of guests at White House receptions. She was also a member of the Phoenix Society, a debating club, once delivering a complicated speech on free trade, the tariff and protectionism. Learn more about Frances Folsom Cleveland’s spouse, Grover Cleveland. Grover Cleveland was born on March 18, 1837 in Caldwell, New Jersey, USA as Stephen Grover Cleveland. A Republican after-dinner speaker gave credence to the fiction that Frances Cleveland was having an affair with newspaper editor Henry Watterson (the two had simply attended the theater together). Miss Bissell's School for Young Ladies[grammar school] 1872-? Although Frances Folsom Cleveland was the wife of President Grover Cleveland and served as his First Lady for part of his first term and during all of his second term, he entered the presidency as a bachelor. Perhaps the most pronounced and somewhat surprising were the receptions that she began to host on Saturday mornings, held especially for those working-class women who were unable to visit the White House during the weekdays. In 1886 Cleveland, a lifelong bachelor, married Frances Folsom, the daughter of his former law partner. Her mother dismissed the charge as "a foolish campaign ploy without a shadow of foundation.". With his unprecedented re-election, the First Lady returned to the White House as if she had been gone but a day. The wedding of President Grover Cleveland and Frances Folsom (right) on June 2, 1886, in the White House's Blue Room. When the family left the White House, Mrs. Cleveland had become one of the most popular women ever to serve as hostess for the nation. Grover met Frances when she was still a baby, and he was twenty seven years old. Frances Cleveland was forced into the unique position of issuing formal statement denying the allegation, and praising her husband's tenderness and affection. Grover developed an interest in Frances while a baby and even when she was growing up. Thomas Jefferson Engaged in Rape, Pedophilia, and Incest With His Dead Wife’s Lookalike Sister Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826) was the other American president, aside from Grover Cleveland, whose sexual conduct involved what would count as clear cut violent sexual criminality today. When they returned to Washington for the second Cleveland term in 1893, they rented a home called "Woodley. Grover Cleveland’s Campaign Woes Cleveland will go down in history as the 22nd and 24th President of the United States, but his first term in office was nearly waylaid by a campaign scandal. Please enable JavaScript to use this feature. It was 1864, and lawyer … Young women copied her unique hairstyle (which called for all long strands at the neckline to be cut round) and even the poses she took in her formal photographs that were released to the press. Early life. A Wedding in the White House. Beginning in 1889, however, she had also begun heading south to Naples, Florida. Despite her status as a former First Lady, her remains were not returned to the United States, but rather she was buried in the American Anglican Church Cemetery in the town where she had lived with Eve Simpson Whipple and another woman friend who had come to share their household. 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW She was also the most visible member of the Colored Christmas Club, a charity providing food and clothing to poor local children at the holiday season. Grover Cleveland was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. Despite the President's best efforts "Frankie" (as she was called in the popular press, a nickname she disliked) became an instant celebrity. In 1895, she became engaged to Henry Benjamin Whipple, the widower Episcopal bishop of Minnesota. Frances Clara Folsom Cleveland Preston (July 21, 1864 – October 29, 1947) was the wife of the President of the United States Grover Cleveland and First Lady of the United States from 1886 to 1889 and again from 1893 to 1897. There affection turned into romance–despite 27 years’ difference in age–and there the wedding took place on June 2, 1886. In 1875, Oscar died, and Grover became the administr… She suggested that Americans did not unite in support of a strong defense because of what she called the "huge percentage of unassimilated population that cannot think or act together." 4, 1893 – Mar. President Grover Cleveland was ill-prepared for the American sovereigns’ (as he referred to the public) fascination with his soon-to-be-bride when he formally announced their upcoming nuptials on May 28, 1886. She served as the treasurer of the organization's Guild's Princeton division from 1921 to 1924, then as its national president from 1925 to 1940. Frances Cleveland played a large part in the successful deception of the press and public, specifically misleading those who questioned the whereabouts of the President or the true reason for his lengthy absence from any public appearances. This is only a partial truth; as she revealed in one of her books, Rose Cleveland believed strongly in adhering to the societal conventions which dictated behavior and gender interaction. “I detest him so much that I don’t even think his wife is beautiful.” So spoke one of President Grover Cleveland’s political foes–the only person, it seems, to deny the loveliness of this notable First Lady, first bride of a President to be married in the White House. Cleveland's father was a Congregational and Presbyterian minister who was originally from Connecticut. The house afforded the privacy he wished to ensure for him and his new bride and they only lived at the White House during the active social season, from November to December and then from February to April. The President had proposed to Frances Folsom in the spring of 1885 during a visit she and her mother made to Washington. First, his battles with Tammany Hall had won the support of middle-class voters from both parties. She was born in Buffalo, New York, only child of Emma C. Harmon and Oscar Folsom–who became a law partner of Cleveland’s. Despite the efforts of the First Lady, the public and press had an insatiable interest in the children and, as they had done to their mother, some elements of the manufacturing industry exploited the children by appropriating them in advertisements. Four years later Grover Cleveland died, leaving her a 44 year old widow with four children. People took keen interest in the birth of Esther at the mansion in 1893, and of Marion in 1895. In St. Louis souvenir coins were even struck to commemorate her visit there. October, 1891 – 7 January 1904); Esther Cleveland Bosanquet (9 September, 1893 Three daughters, two sons; Ruth Cleveland (3 The two women settled there permanently in 1910. The White House During the economic depression but while he and his family were at the summer home, Grover Cleveland was diagnosed with jaw cancer and it required immediate surgery. Grover Cleveland had been born in 1837 in New Jersey, but lived most of his life in New York State. When she was mistakenly misdiagnosed with the impending blindness, she immediately learned Braille and to translate materials on a Braille typewriter; despite her relief at learning her sight would remain intact, she continued to type reading materials up, specifically for a blind Navajo Indian teacher who could ill-afford to purchase the specially-prepared texts. When she entered Wells College, he asked Mrs. Folsom’s permission to correspond with her, and he kept her room bright with flowers. Frances Cleveland. Also Available for Frances Cleveland: Sweet, Sweet, I dare not think of your arms." Frances Folsom Cleveland did not participate in the 1884 election of her future husband; she did not attend the 1885 Inauguration because she could not get permission to take leave time as she completed her last year at Wells College. Grover Cleveland was old enough to be Frances Folsom's father. She had reached her 84th year-nearly the age at which the venerable Mrs. Polk had welcomed her and her husband on a Presidential visit to the South, and chatted of changes in White House life from bygone days. The Clevelands believed that a public disclosure of the President's condition would add to the sense of national instability, the surgery was secretly performed at sea. She became the First Lady at age 21 and remains the youngest First Lady in history. When Grover Cleveland, America’s second bachelor president, was elected he made his sister, Rose, First Lady. A year after her last child was born, however, 12-year old Ruth died of diphtheria in 1904 and Frances Cleveland sank into a severe depression. Frances Cleveland, 27 years younger than her husband, proved to be a very popular first lady. Central [High] School, Buffalo, New York, 1879-1881: perhaps depressed over a broken engagement, she dropped out of her senior year but secured completion of her course of study through certification. 18, 1837 Died June 24, 1908 (at … Many of these advertisements did not simply use her facial image to suggest that she had endorsed their items but incorporated her into scenarios which depicted her enjoying them. Grover and Edith lived in Paradise and attended the Cottondale Church of Christ. President Cleveland believed firmly that "a woman should not bother her head about political parties and public questions," and Frances Cleveland followed this sensibility by refraining from either learning the details of the issues he faced or the Administration agenda. It was 1864, and lawyer Grover Cleveland gifted his friend and law partner a baby buggy for his partner’s newborn daughter, Frances Folsom — the girl who, as … They inserted a pamphlet called, "Bride of the White House" into the literature it distributed to the party faithful as well as the politically undecided. Although they could not vote, women were very active in campaigns, and in 1888, Democratic women across the country organized themselves into Frances Cleveland Influence Clubs. She was later instrumental in urging the State of New Jersey to "open up educational opportunities for girls, like young men," resulting in the founding of the New Jersey College for Women. Grover Cleveland was the second man who entered the presidency as a bachelor, but the only one who began his term as a single man and ended it as a married man (Buchanan, the only other bachelor elected to the presidency remained unmarried throughout his Administration). Most of her friends were theatrical or literary professionals. Frances Cleveland Preston served on the Campfire Girls Board of Directors, appointed in 1925 while also served as that organization's president until 1939. Mrs. Cleveland was not featured much in the 1892 campaign, but she remained a very popular focus of press and public attention. He became a successful lawyer in Buffalo, New York. 2 June, 1886 - 4 March, 1889 (remainder of first term). Grover Cleveland: Family Life By Henry F. Graff In the White House, Grover Cleveland became one of the hardest working Presidents ever, doing his own paperwork and routinely working past midnight, often until two or three in the morning. Frances Cleveland had also endowed a chair at the college to which Preston was appointed. The second Cleveland term, however, was shadowed by the economic depression of his immediate first year (1893). Frances Cleveland had two periods as aformerFirst Lady, each following the non-consecutive terms of her husband; the first ran from March 4, 1889 to March 3, 1893. Her private letters, however, do reveal the frustration she experienced as a result of her nevertheless feeling she must adhere to the unwritten code dictating the protocols followed by Victorian-era First Ladies which limited her from dining in private homes or appearing in the public markets. He died in 1901, and after Evangeline had observed the traditional one-year of mourning, she abruptly left for Europe and was joined by Rose, the two women living together in Italy. Later in 1890, Rose Cleveland proposed that they meet in New York but rather than stay with the former President and First Lady at their Madison Avenue home, she wanted to share the same hotel room with Eve Simpson, an arrangement the latter agreed to. Her last book,The Soliloquies of St. Augustine, translated into English,With Notes and Introduction by the Translatorwas published in 1910 by Little, Brown, and Company. Through the evolving technology of both photography and the reproduction of it in newspapers and magazines during the Cleveland era, not only the entire American nation but the world knew how young and attractive the new First Lady looked in real life. The group propagated democracy and a strong national defense in preparation for world war through military regiment-type "Squadrons." Cleveland 's political enemies spread rumors about his wife in order to discredit him. Grover Cleveland (18 July 1903 – 1995). Upon her death in 1930, Eve Simpson Whipple was buried next to Rose Cleveland as stipulated in her will. In April of 1914 the former First Lady and her new husband moved to London to live for nearly a year. Immediately after her wedding, the facial image of Mrs. Cleveland began appearing publicly for sale on a wide range of items. When war broke out in Europe later that year, the new couple returned to the U.S. and in 1915 involved themselves in the patriotic, non-partisan National Security League. In response, the Republicans placed Caroline Harrison's picture on posters. She had a particular love for the contemporary musical theater productions of Gilbert & Sullivan and managed to even coax her hard-working brother out of the White House to attend the theater with her. There was reason for genuine alarm when public interest in the children led some tourists on the South Lawn to one day rush the nurse of the presidential daughters pushing their carriage and giddily overwhelmed her, taking the babies out and handing them around. Since she had but one year between graduating from college and marrying the President, Frances Folsom had little time or wherewithal to pursue any personal interests or goals; she did visit seven European nations with her mother on a nine month exploration, from September 1885 to May 1886, as arranged by the White House. These fell into several types of categories. You have JavaScript disabled. Grover Cleveland carried four advantages into the 1884 presidential campaign. Copyright 2009 by the White House Historical Association. Just before the 1888 Democratic National Convention, Democratic opponents of Cleveland published accusations that the president beat his wife and mother-in-law. We'll be in touch with the latest information on how President Biden and his administration are working for the American people, as well as ways you can get involved and help our country build back better. Rose Elizabeth Cleveland, always called "Libbie" by her friends and family, was born 13 June, 1846; she was educated at the Houghton Seminary and taught literature in Lafayette, Indiana and later at Hamilton College. President William McKinley came to … First Lady of the Cleveland Administration, 4 March 1885 - 2 June 1886 (beginning of first term). The most offensive of the commercial merchandizing of the First Lady, however, were those businesses which used her as an implicit point of their advertising, making no effort to mask the claim that Mrs. Cleveland owned, bought or used their items. Equally controversial was her contention that women were yet intelligent enough to vote and when they were given the vote, were not successful in politics and should instead focus their civic activities on welfare charities. The President wanted Frances Folsom to tour Europe and understand the continent's more formal social customs and protocol, as well as visit historic sites and her family wanted her to assemble an appropriate trousseau for the public appearances she would immediately be asked to make as First Lady. Upon Folsom's death, his close friend and law partner Grover Cleveland became executor of his quarter-million dollar estate; he did not become the legal guardian of his future wife Frances Folsom Cleveland as has been widely believed. One of nine children of a Presbyterian minister and his wife, Stephen Grover Cleveland was born in Caldwell, New Jersey, on March 18,1837, and raised in upstate New York. English; all of Frances Cleveland's ancestors were from England and settled in what would become Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, eventually migrating to western New York. Second, his reformism emphasized hard work, merit, and efficiency, reinforcing his appeal to … While she was not an activist for temperance like Rose Cleveland - who initiated a ban on hard liquor being served in the White House during her fifteen months as hostess - Frances Cleveland set a personal example regarding drinking that she hoped other American women would follow: she permitted the serving of alcohol at events during which she was hostess, but turned down her own wine glasses at White House state dinners and drank only Apollonaris sparkling water. The house was called "Oak View" by the First Lady but always known as "Red Top" because the roof was painted red. When they sailed on a Cunard Line ship to Europe in 1910, the two women unapologetically booked a cabin together. As a devoted family friend Cleveland bought “Frank” her first baby carriage. After the ceremony had ended, the entire city erupted with church bells pealing, ships blowing their horns and some well-wishers ringing hand bells. The decision, Rose Cleveland wrote, hurt her deeply. Emma Folsom was not initially pleased with the engagement, believing that it was she and not her daughter to whom Cleveland might have proposed marriage. Rose gladly gave up the duties of hostess for her own career in education; and with a bride as First Lady, state entertainments took on a new interest. She eventually found love with the widow of a millionaire merchant. Her most immediate priority and responsibility would prove to be her three small daughters, two of whom were born during Cleveland's second term. Becoming the only former First Lady to return to the position four years later, Frances Cleveland was a different woman in 1893 from the bride who had assumed the role in 1886. When Cleveland was forty-nine, he married Frances Folsom at the … Journalists were barred from the wedding (except for a last minute glimpse at the floral displays), and participants refused interviews. A Washington resident, Harriet Lane was a frequent guest at the White House and befriended Frances Cleveland. Through the political storms of this term she always kept her place in public favor. It soon developed into a physical love relationship. She was born to Oscar Folsom, a lawyer, and Emma Harmon. Grover Cleveland, twenty-second President of the Untied States, and the only Democrat to hold the office of Chief Executive since the time of Buchanan, was born at Caldwell, Essex County, N. J., March 18, 1837. In November 1918, she assumed the NSL positions of Director of the Speaker's Bureau and The Committee on Patriotism through Education. In seeking to prevent this as much as was possible, he purchased a 27 acre working farm in the Georgetown Heights section of Washington, later to be called "Cleveland Park." While still serving as First Lady, the following year she publishedYou and I: Moral, Intellectual and Social Culture, a 545 page treatise considering the changes wrought on 1886 American life. Mr. Cleveland is Dead at 71 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES. She was active in the theater club, building sets, sewing costumes and acting. He grew to an imposing appearance; nearly six feet tall and almost three hundred pounds, he … Frances Clara Folsom Cleveland became the youngest First Lady at age 21; married to President Grover Cleveland she was the 23rd and 25th First Lady … He was friends with her father. At the Clevelands' summer home in Buzzard's Bay, the First Lady was alarmed when several suspicious men refused to leave the property and feared that they posed a kidnapping threat to her baby daughters; she finally had to call in the Secret Service. Nevertheless, in a letter she wrote to Bishop Whipple on Executive Mansion stationery while visiting her brother during his second term, she expressed her genuine wishes that the couple had found love with each other. Able to support herself well by lecturing and writing, Rose Cleveland left her job in Chicago. Her two sons were born within six years and four months after leaving the White House, thus making her the only First Lady to give birth to children after her incumbency there had expired. Stephen Grover Cleveland was born on March 18, 1837, in Caldwell, New Jersey, to Ann (née Neal) and Richard Falley Cleveland. 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