FIRST LADY FRANCES F. CLEVELAND - COLLECTION WITH PRESIDENT GROVER CLEVELAND - HFSID 320406
Sale Price $1,700.00
PRESIDENT GROVER CLEVELAND and FIRST LADY FRANCES F. CLEVELAND COLLECTION
Collection of 2 cards from the Executive Mansion in Washington, D. C., signed by President Grover Cleveland and his wife Frances in 1894. Accompanied by original, unsigned hand addressed transmittal envelope. 3 items.
Collection: 1) White house card signed: "Grover Cleveland/1894" 4½x2¾ card from the Executive Mansion in Washington, D. C. Toned. Fine condition. 2) White House card signed: "Frances F. Cleveland/April 1894". 4½x2¾ card from the Executive Mansion in Washington, D. C. Toned. Fine condition. 3) Envelope unsigned, 6x3½. Washington, D.C., Postmarked May 22, 1894. Addressed to Miss Gussie Krickhaus of St. Louis, Missouri. Toned, lightly soiled. Corners rounded. Otherwise, fine condition. GROVER CLEVELAND (1837-1908, born in Caldwell, New Jersey), formerly Mayor of Buffalo and Governor of New York (1883-1885) served as the 22nd and 24th President (1885-1889 and 1893-1897). He won the popular vote all three times he ran (1884, 1888, 1892), losing the electoral vote and the presidency in 1888 to Benjamin Harrison. He was the only Democrat elected President in more than a half century between the departure of Buchanan (1861) and the inauguration of Wilson (1913). On June 2, 1886, 21-year-old FRANCES CLARA FOLSOM (1864-1947, born in Buffalo, New York) married 49-year-old bachelor President Grover Cleveland in the White House, the only Presidential spouse to be wed there (widower Woodrow Wilson remarried while in office, to Edith Galt Wilson, but they wed in a private ceremony at her home). The daughter of Cleveland's late law partner, Frances was 11-years-old when her father died and she became Cleveland's ward. The Clevelands had five children. Grover Cleveland died in 1908. Frances remarried five years later, and lived until 1947.
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