CLEVELAND, FRANCES F.

Signed White House Card by Frances Cleveland, the Youngest First Lady in American History

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CLEVELAND, FRANCES F. (1864-1947).First lady of the United States.Executive Mansion Card Signed. (“Frances F. Cleveland”). 1p. 16mo. (Washington, D.C.), N.d.

 

Grover Cleveland first met Frances when she was an infant and doted on her, even buying her a baby carriage. After her father, with whom Cleveland had a close friendship, died intestate, Cleveland was appointed guardian of the estate. Their relationship became romantic while Frances attended Wells College; shortly after her graduation, he proposed to her by mail. They were married at the White House making Frances, then 21 years old and 27 years younger than her husband, the youngest first lady in history, and a subject of intense public fascination.

 

She was first lady during both of Cleveland’s unusual non-consecutive terms, after which they settled in Princeton. A widow in 1908 at the age of 44, she married archaeology professor and Wells College president Thomas Jex Preston, Jr. in 1913.

 

With some minor dust staining. Left and right edges, slightly trimmed. Otherwise fine.

 

 

 

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