From Buffalo... To the White House
Frances Folsom Birthplace and Home 168 Edward Street
Buffalo Neighborhood Landmark
On June 2, 1886, during his first term as president, the 21-year old Frances Folsom and 49-year old Grover Cleveland married, becoming the only presidential couple to be married in the White House. As First Lady, Frances was poised, confident and charming. Washington society, the public and the press were struck by her beauty, grace, friendliness and intelligence. Women across the country
Between Grover Cleveland's two terms as President, Ruth, their first child, was born in 1891. The press immediately dubbed her "Baby Ruth" and, years later, the popular candy bar was named in her honor. In 1893, Esther, the couple's second child, became the first and only presidential child to be born in the White House. The Cleveland's would have another daughter, Marion, and two sons, Richard and Francis Grover. After leaving the White House, the Cleveland's settled in Princeton, NJ. Grover Cleveland died in 1908. In 1913,
Frances Folsom Cleveland, Buffalo's own First Lady, lived a remarkable and full life. In an age before radio, television, movies and the internet, her popularity was almost viral in its sweep of the nation's affections. She remains our youngest First Lady, the only First Lady to marry in the White House, the only First Lady to give birth to a child in the White House, the first former First Lady to re-marry and she lived the longest (51 years) of any First Lady after leaving the White House.
1 Hand-tinted photograph of Mrs. Cleveland
2 An advertising trade card for sewing machines, portraying the President and First Lady
3 A child's alphabet plate, portraying Mrs. Cleveland, with raised letters around outer edge.
4 Mother-of-pearl shuttle and bodkin used for sewing
5 Souvenir spoon with a portrait of Mrs. Cleveland and cutout letters "White House" on handle.
6 Frances Folsom and President Grover C frleveland's White House wedding.
7 Frances and "Baby Ruth." Baby Ruth candy bar wrapper, circa 1920's, named after the Cleveland's first daughter.
8 Die-cut lithographed images of the President and First Lady, likely used as classroom decorations.
Erected by Buffalo Common Council Members, owner Norman Glenister, and others as shown.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Government & Politics • Notable Buildings • Women.
Location. 42° 53.775′ N, 78° 52.666′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is on Edward Street 0.1 miles west of South Elmwood Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 168 Edward Street, Buffalo NY 14201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Coit House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Dorsheimer House (about 700 feet away); The Mansion on Delaware Avenue (about 700 feet away); Adam House (about 700 feet away); The Buffalo Club (about 800 feet away); Trinity Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sisters of Charity Hospital (approx. 0.3 miles away); Second Home of the Medical School (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo.
Regarding From Buffalo... To the White House.
The house was a shell when he purchased it. Pigeons were residing in the attic. He updated plumbing, electricity, and walls, and replaced the roof which had many, many old layers.
Delegations from Hawaii sometimes visit the home and visit the statue of Grover Cleveland near City Hall to honor the former president because President Grover Cleveland, an anti-imperialist, refused to annex Hawaii. Curiously, the present Governor of Hawaii, Neil Abercrombie, was born in Buffalo, and graduated from Williamsville South High School, in a suburb of Buffalo.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. 1870's residence of Frances Folsom and honeymoon cottage.
Additional keywords. FLOTUS, First Ladies of the United States
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 489 times since then and 34 times this year. Last updated on June 26, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 1, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. 7. submitted on June 19, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.