Cleveland, Frances F.


First Lady Mrs. Cleveland invites Mrs. Jefferson and Mrs. Taft for tea at Gray Gables


Autograph ID: 5759
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1864-1947) Married her guardian Grover Cleveland in The White House June 2, 1886 at age 21, a true “story book” sensational social event. First Lady 1885-89, 1893-97.

ALS “F. F. Cleveland” likely while First Lady on 6 3/4 x 4 1/2 grey, silver-printed “Gray Gables,/Buzzards Bay, Mass.” letterhead, Saturday, no date, to Mrs. Jefferson (likely Sarah Warren Jefferson, wife of actor and Cleveland friend Joe Jefferson). Mrs. Cleveland invites Mrs. Jefferson and Mrs. Taft (possibly Helen H. Taft, wife of William Howard Taft) to take tea with her that day at 5. Grover Cleveland bought an estate and 100 acres near Agawam Point in 1890 (between his non-consecutive terms as president) at the urging of his friend Joseph Jefferson, who touted the sport fishing and solitude Cleveland could find there. Cleveland’s Buzzards Bay home was the 1893-97 summer White House. A train station was built to accommodate Cleveland’s visits, and he kept up on developments in Washington with a telegraph machine installed there. His oldest daughter, Ruth, died of diptheria in winter 1904 and Cleveland lost interest in Gray Gables. After leaving the White House, he retired to Princeton, New Jersey where he died in 1908. Gray Gables was leased in the summer of 1904, then sold.”
Type: Letter

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