July 21, 2024

Frances Folsom Cleveland

July 21, 1864

Frances Folsom ClevelandFrances Folsom Cleveland – Born July 21, 1864 (Buffalo, NY); Died October 29, 1947 (Baltimore, MD)

White House Years: 1886-1889; 1893-1897)

○      Grover Cleveland was unmarried when he began his first term, but he married Frances Folsom Cleveland shortly into that term, which made them the only first couple to be married in the White House.

○      Frances Cleveland was immediately popular when she became first lady; she held two receptions per week and was regarded with celebrity status.

○      Frances Cleveland was the first first lady to have a child in the White House.

○      Frances Cleveland was the only first lady to preside in  two non-consecutive terms.


-       “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," said Frances Folsom Cleveland upon leaving after Grover Cleveland’s first term as president.



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