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February 2013 – February 2014

Biography

Frances Cleveland

Grover Cleveland
"I want you to take good care of all the furniture and ornaments in the house, and not let any of them get lost or broken, for I want to find everything just as it is now, when we come back again four years from today." Mrs. Cleveland told the staff on their departure after her husband's first term.

Born - July 21, 1864 in Folsomville, New York

Parents - Oscar Folsom & Emma Cornelia Harmon Folsom

Married - June 2, 1886 to Grover Cleveland in the White House (widowed in 1908, second marriage to Thomas Jex Preston Jr. in 1913)

Children - Ruth (1891 – 1904),
Esther (1893 – 1980),
Marion (1895 – 1977),
Richard Folsom (1897 – 1974),
Francis Grover (1903 – 1995)

Education – Bachelor of Arts degree from Wells College in Aurora, New York in 1885

Firsts - 1st First Lady to be married in the White House. 1st First Lady to have a baby in the White House. 1st President’s widow to remarry.

Post White House residence - Westland, Princeton, New Jersey

Died - October 29, 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland

President Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms: March 4, 1885 – March 4, 1889 (first term); March 4, 1893 – March 4, 1897 (second term)

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  • Mrs. Cleveland was the youngest First Lady at 21 years old.
  • Mrs. Cleveland held weekly White House receptions on Saturdays for working women.
  • Prior to President Cleveland marrying Frances, his sister, Rose, assumed the duties as hostess.
  • Mrs. Cleveland is the only woman to marry a president in the White House.
  • Frances Cleveland was the 1st First Lady to be married in the White House.
  • Frances Cleveland was the 1st First Lady to have a baby in the White House.
  • Frances Cleveland was the 1st President’s widow to remarry.

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