NEVER did a fairer type of American womanhood preside over the domestic affairs of
the White House than she who has been twice called to the proud position of "the first lady in the land."
Mrs. Cleveland, only a few years ago, was the charming Miss Frances Folsom, of Buffalo, N. Y., where she was born
in 1864. Her father was at one time Mr. Cleveland's law partner and the two men were close friends up to the time
of Mr. Folsom's death, in 1875.
After that sad event Mr. Cleveland was appointed guardian of his late friend's daughter, and she was taken to the
home of her grandmother in Medina, N. Y. where she attended high-school. She was regarded as one of the brightest
pupils in her class, and upon finishing her course in the high-school she entered the sophomore class of Wells
College, where she graduated with high honors. As a girl, Miss Folsom was a general favorite, admired for her beauty
and charming vivacity, as well as for her many accomplishments. After leaving college she visited Europe with her
mother, and soon after her return she became the mistress of the executive mansion at Washington. She was married
to Grover Cleveland, in the White House, May 28, 1886, and at once became the most popular lady in America. Under
her leadership Washington society acquired great brilliancy. With a grace and dignity all her own, coupled with
a charming cordiality and simplicity of manner that commanded the admiration of the whole country, she bore the
responsibilities of her trying position like one to the manor born. She has proved a loving mother as well as a
devoted wife. Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland have three beautiful children, Ruth, Esther and Marion.
[Source: Famous American men and women: a complete portrait gallery of celebrated;
Edited by Stanley Waterloo, John Wesley Hanson; Publ. 1902; Transcribed by Andrea Pack.]