Fun Facts about the Presidents #3 – Which President got married in the White House and who was the youngest First Lady? (It wasn’t Jackie Kennedy.)

In honor of President’s Day, and of all the Presidents who have served our country, I thought I’d do a series of blog posts with interesting information about individual Presidents. Here’s the latest:

Frances Folsom Cleveland was only twenty-one when she married President Grover Cleveland. They had kept their courtship a secret because President Cleveland was worried that people would be upset about the age difference between the two. He was forty-nine at the time.

The two announced their plans to marry only a few days before the wedding and the press went crazy trying to find out any detail about the wedding they could, down to pictures of the factory where the wedding cake boxes were being produced. These satin-covered boxes were trimmed with lace and given to the guests.

Frances was a very popular First Lady and women copied her hairstyles and clothing. She was well-educated, having graduated from one of the first liberal arts colleges for women, Wells College. At college she studied botany, astronomy, logic, and religious studies, but her favorite courses were in political science.  While in the White House, she became interested in the working conditions of women and supported organizations to help them.

The Clevelands had six children, and by all accounts, a very happy marriage.

Here are more posts about the Presidents:

Which President was a good cook? (recipe included)

https://deegarretson.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/presidents-day-fun-facts-about-the-presidents-1-who-was-a-good-cook/

Which President noticed the White House was about to fall down?

https://deegarretson.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/presidents-day-fun-facts-about-the-presidents-2-which-president-noticed-the-white-house-was-about-to-fall-down/

How to memorize the Presidents in Order X-Men Style:

https://deegarretson.wordpress.com/2010/09/19/how-to-memorize-the-presidents-in-order-x-men-version/

Who were the smartest Presidents?

https://deegarretson.wordpress.com/2010/08/14/who-were-the-smartest-u-s-presidents/

 

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6 Responses to Fun Facts about the Presidents #3 – Which President got married in the White House and who was the youngest First Lady? (It wasn’t Jackie Kennedy.)

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