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Frances Folsom Cleveland signed Check - 1913 dated Check of Autograph of the First Lady of the United States of America

Inv# AU1429   Check
State(s): New York
Years: 1913

Check signed by Frances F. Cleveland.

Frances Folsom Cleveland (later Preston) (1864-1947) Born Frances Cornelia Folsom in Buffalo, New York, the daughter of Oscar Folsom, a lawyer, and Emma Harmon-Folsom. She was their only child to survive infancy (a sister Nellie Augusta died before her first birthday). A longtime close friend of Oscar Folsom, Grover Cleveland, at age 27, met his future wife shortly after she was born. He took an avuncular interest in the child, buying her a baby carriage and otherwise doting on her as she grew up. When her father died in a buggy accident in 1875 without having written a will, the court appointed Cleveland administrator of his estate. This brought Cleveland into still more contact with Frances, then age 11. She attended Central High School in Buffalo and went on to Wells College in Aurora, New York. Sometime while she was in college, Cleveland's feelings for her took a romantic turn. He proposed by letter in August 1885, soon after her graduation. They did not announce their engagement, however, until just five days before the wedding.

Frances Folsom, age 21, married President Cleveland, age 49, on June 2, 1886, at the White House. Cleveland was the only president to be married in the White House itself (John Tyler had married while president but in New York). The President worked as usual on his wedding day. The ceremony, a small affair attended by relatives, close friends and the cabinet and their wives, was performed at 7 p.m. in the Blue Room of the White House by the Reverend Byron Sutherland, assisted by the Reverend William Cleveland, the groom's brother. The words "honor, love, and keep" were substituted for "honor, love and obey". John Philip Sousa and the Marine Band provided the music. The couple spent a five-day honeymoon at Deer Park in the Cumberland Mountains of Maryland. The new First Lady was the subject of intense media interest. She took over the duties of being White House hostess, and her charm won her popularity. She held two receptions a week—one on Saturday afternoons, when women with jobs were free to come. Cleveland's sister Rose Cleveland had been her bachelor brother's hostess in the first 15 months of his first term of office. After her brother's marriage, Rose gladly gave up the duties of hostess for her own career in education. After losing the U.S. presidential election in 1888, the Clevelands lived in New York City. Upon leaving the White House at the end of Cleveland's first term, Frances is reported to have told the staff to take care of the building since the Clevelands would be returning in four years. She proved correct, becoming the only First Lady to preside at two nonconsecutive administrations. The Clevelands had three daughters and two sons. After Cleveland's death in 1908, she remained in Princeton, New Jersey. On February 10, 1913 she married Thomas J. Preston, Jr., a professor of archaeology at Princeton University. She was the first presidential widow to remarry. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, she led the Needlework Guild of America in its clothing drive for the poor. She died on October 29, 1947, in Baltimore and was buried next to the president at Princeton. Read more at

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Price: $165.00