#FirstLady #WhiteHouse #BabyRuth November 29

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Frances Folsom Cleveland

I have a friend named Dr. Jeff Frederick who is a Dean at UNC Pembroke. He is a great historian and really has a wealth of knowledge about US Presidents. I believe one day Jeff will be president not of our country but a college or university.

Jeff Frederick (2)

I was thinking about November events on Thanksgiving and reflected on November 22, 1963 the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I was wondering just how old his widow Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy was when he died. I also wondered if she was the youngest First Lady ever. Well she was just 34 when her husband died and 31 when they moved into the White House in January 1961.

Melania Trump was 46 when she became First Lady in January 2017 so Jacqueline Kennedy had her beat by 15 years but the youngest First Lady ever was just twenty one years old when she became the wife to a sitting US President. Her name was Frances Folsom before she was married to Grover Cleveland who was elected twice as President (1885-1889 and 1893-1897)


There were a lot of first and interesting things about Frances Folsom Cleveland. She got married in the White House on June 2, 1886 during her husband first presidency.

Her marriage was the only time a president got married while in office.

She had five children (3 daughters and 2 sons) with her second daughter Ester Cleveland being born while she was in the White House during her husband’s second presidency.

Allegedly her first child Ruth Cleveland (1891-1904) is the inspiration for the candy bar Baby Ruth.  Snopes has refuted that story. Ruth Cleveland died at age 12 after her father had finished his second presidency.

Baby Ruth




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