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Frances Clara Folsom Cleveland was the wife of the former president Grover Cleveland who was still a bachelor when he entered the presidency. Cleveland was the youngest among the first ladies in American history.
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- Frances Folsom was the first born of Emma Harmon and a lawyer named Oscar Folsom, born on July 21, 1864, in Buffalo, New York. She has one sister born seven years after her.
- Her schooling was financially supported, and she attended Madame Becker’s French Kindergarten. She was also enrolled in a grammar school called Miss Bissell’s School for Young Ladies, and went to Medina Academy for Boys and Girls in Medina, New York, and Central High School in Buffalo, New York.
- She successfully gained her entrance in the winter semester after passing exams in Latin and German in Wells College (Aurora, New York).
- Frances pursued her passion in photography while taking academic subjects such as astronomy, botany, logic, religious studies, and science.
- She also spent a lot of active years in different clubs like theater and debating.
- Frances only had about a year after graduating before being married, most of which was spent on a nine-month long expedition with her mother. In these nine months, she was able to visit seven European nations. This exploration was arranged by the White House.
- Near the end of the exploration, in the spring of 1885, rumors spread that the bachelor president could perhaps marry Mrs. Folsom, but he proposed (by letter) to Frances just before she decided to leave for Europe.
- Frances Folsom married President Grover Cleveland on June 2, 1886, having the Blue Room of the White House as the venue.
- This made her the youngest First Lady (married to the President at the age of 21) and the two of them, together with Grover Cleveland, the only presidential couple married in the White House.
- and Mrs. Cleveland returned to the White House after a honeymoon in a private cabin at Deer Park Lodge in the Catoctin Mountains in Maryland.
- President Cleveland foresaw the interest of the public in his First Lady.
- Hoping to prevent it, he purchased a 27-acre working farm in the Georgetown Heights area of Washington, which the First Lady called “Oak View”, though it was commonly known as “Red Top” for its red-painted roof. The property was sold in 1889 when they left Washington.
- Frances and former president Grover Cleveland had three daughters and two sons: Ruth (who was honored by the Curtis Candy Company calling one of its candy bars “Baby Ruth”), Esther (the only child who was born in the White House), Marion, Richard, and Francis Grover.
- The public had been immensely interested in the wedding of Folsom and President Cleveland in the White House.
- Reporters stalled any move of the bride as she went from New York to Washington. Journalists were barred from the wedding.
- Frances Cleveland became an instant celebrity. Young women even copied her hairstyle.
- She was once alarmed by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union to stop wearing shoulder-baring gowns, but she neither commented nor responded.
- France Cleveland’s face also appeared on different advertising materials. Most of these were businesses which put her face as a happy user of different products such as fabrics, sewing machines, and pianos. A Congressman even attempted to pass a bill that would punish those who used any woman’s face for commercial purposes without written permission.
- After the controversies she faced in her first months of appearance, she was able to attend to both national and local Washington organizations, supporting their advocacies.
- She had her second term as a first lady when Grover Cleveland was elected for his second term as president in March 1893.
- On October 29, 1947, in Baltimore, Maryland, Frances Clara Folsom-Cleveland died.
- She was notably known for being the youngest First Lady and the only couple (together with Grover Cleveland) to wed in the White House.
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