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Grover Cleveland
Grover Cleveland Seeks to Insulate His Wife, the Very Popular Frances Folsom Cleveland, From Publicity He apparently either thought of her being named the most popular woman in New York as damaging politically, or as violating the couple's right of privacy, or both.
1503. 15/03/1890. In 1886, 21-year old Frances Folsom married President Grover Cleveland in the White House, becoming (and remaining) the only presidential couple married in that historic building. The youngest First Lady ever, and woman of great charm, she increased her profile by holding two receptions a week - one on Saturday afternoons, when women with jobs were free to come. Overall, she was the subject of intense media interest and enjoyed enormous popularity.Although he did not anticipate the degree to which the press would intrude on his private life with his new bride, President Cleveland foresaw that the public interest in “Frank,” as she was known to those closest to her, would be great and possibly an oppressive burden for them both. In seeking to prevent this as much as was possible, he purchased a 27 acre working farm in the Georgetown Heights section of Washington. The house afforded the privacy he wished to ensure for him and his new bride, and they only lived at the White House during the active social season, from November to December and then from February to April. But despite these efforts to minimize the intrusion and allow for a private life, the press's interest in Mrs. Cleveland remained unabated.Cleveland was defeated for reelection in 1888, and the couple left office on March 4, 1889. When leaving the White House that day, Mrs. Cleveland told the staff to keep things as they were, as the Clevelands would be back four years later. She proved right. The ex-President spent the interim four years as a lawyer in New York City. Even during this pha … [Click Below for Full Description]
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