Folson,  First Lady of the United States Frances Clara

Folson, First Lady of the United States Frances Clara

Female 1864 - 1947  (83 years)

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  • Name Folson, Frances Clara  [1
    Title First Lady of the United States 
    Born 21 Jul 1864  Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Find A Grave Memorial 4678 
    Residence 1900  Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 29 Oct 1947  Baltimore, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Buried Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Princeton Cemetery
    Person ID I7442  Sullivan Burgess Family Tree | Charlemagne I Descendant, Ancestors of President Cleveland, The Hyde History, William The Conqueror Descendent
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2017 

    Family Cleveland, Stephen Grover,   b. 18 Mar 1837, Caldwell, Essex, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1908, Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 02 Jun 1886  Washington, District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Cleveland, Ruth,   b. 03 Oct 1891, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Jan 1904, Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 12 years)  [natural]
    +2. Cleveland, Esther,   b. 09 Sep 1893, Washington, District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1980, Tamworth, Carroll, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [natural]
    +3. Cleveland, Marion,   b. 07 Jul 1895, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1977, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)  [natural]
    +4. Cleveland, Richard Folsom,   b. 28 Oct 1897, Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1974, Baltimore, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [natural]
     5. Cleveland, Frances Grover,   b. 18 Jul 1903, Buzzards Bay, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Nov 1995, Wolfeboro, Carroll, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2017 
    Family ID F2756  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Jul 1864 - Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 02 Jun 1886 - Washington, District of Columbia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1900 - Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Oct 1947 - Baltimore, Maryland, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Princeton, Mercer, New Jersey, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Folsom, Frances Cleveland
    Folsom, Frances Cleveland
    Folson, Frances Clara
    Folson, Frances Clara
    Cleveland, Gover and Frances Folson Wedding
    Cleveland, Gover and Frances Folson Wedding
    Cleveland, Grover and wife
    Cleveland, Grover and wife

    Headstones
    Folsom, Frances Clara Grave Stone
    Folsom, Frances Clara Grave Stone

  • Notes 
    • The First Lady: Frances Folsom Cleveland

      A graduate of Wells College, Frances Folsom was only twenty-two-years-old when she married Grover Cleveland on June 2, 1886. She had known Cleveland all of her life. He was appointed her guardian upon her Father's death in 1875, when she was eleven. As Frances grew into a young woman, Cleveland fell very much in love with her. He began courting her while she was in college and enjoyed her company on several occasions when she and her mother visited Cleveland at the White House. The announcement of their engagement and wedding, surprised the nation. The press had a field day with political cartoons and jokes.

      Vivacious, beautiful, and very much in charge of the President's social calendar and the White House domestic staff, Frances became the most popular first lady since Dolly Madison. Nearly everyone loved her. She exhibited wit and grace, and although there is no indication that she ever involved herself much with politics, her image was used in Cleveland's campaign. Cleveland adored her, encouraging her to spend lavishly for redecorating the White House and their private residence in nearby Georgetown. As a mother, she adhered to the prevailing ideal that separated the private life of women from the public world of men, and she did not play a public role in the growing suffrage activities or other social justice reform movements that attracted many women of the day. In fact, Cleveland discouraged the formation of Frances Folsom political clubs that capitalized on her immense popularity, suggesting that the issue of her role had indeed been a subject of discussion at the White House.

  • Sources 
    1. [S167] FindAGrave, (Name: www.findagrave.com;).
      Record for Ruth Cleveland

    2. [S32] 1900 USA Federal Census, taken June 1, 1900.

    3. [S206] Hyde Genealogy Descendants in the Female as Well as in the Male Lines by Reuben Hyde Walworth, Reuben Hyde Walworth, (Date: 1864;).