Frances Clara Folsom was born on July 21, 1864, in
, and was the daughter of Oscar Folsom and Emma Harmon. Buffalo, New York was her parents' only child to survive infancy as her sister, Nellie Augusta, died just previous to her first birthday. Frances Frances was given the name of Frank in honor of an uncle, but she later adopted the feminine version of the name, . Frances
Oscar was a lawyer as well as a descendant of the earliest settlers of
. Exeter, New Hampshire Frances' ancestors from both sides of her family came from England and settled in the area that would later be known as Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire; from there they eventually migrated to western . New York
President Cleveland was 49 and
was 21 when they were married on June 2, 1886, at the White House. Frances was the only President to be married in the White House and spent his wedding day working as he usually did. The wedding took place at 7:00 p.m. in the Blue Room of the White House and was performed by the Reverend Byron Sutherland, assisted by the Reverend William Cleveland, the groom's brother. The wedding was a small affair and was attended by relatives, close friends, the Cabinet and their wives. The bride's mother and both grandmothers could have been in attendance. The words "honor, love, and keep" were substituted for "honor, love and obey". The music was provided by John Philip Sousa and the Marine Band. The newlyweds honeymooned for five days at Cleveland in the Cumberland Mountains of Western Maryland. Deer Park
Grover and Frances were parents of five children, two son and three daughters: Ruth (1891-1904), Esther (1893-1980), Marion (1895-1977), Richard Folsom (1897-1974), and Francis Grover (1903-1995).
Cleveland Hall was constructed on the Wells College Campus in 1911 in honor of Frances Cleveland. It originally served as a library but now holds foreign language classes.
Frances lived in Princeton, New Jersey, after passed away in 1908. She married again at age 49 on February 10, 1913, to Thomas J. Preston, Jr., a professor at Cleveland . In doing so, she became the first presidential widow to marry again. Princeton University Frances passed away on October 29, 1947, in Baltimore and was buried in Princeton next to President Cleveland.
Information for this article except as noted came from Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frances_Folsom_Cleveland_Preston
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