- NAME: Frances Cleveland
- OCCUPATION: U.S. First Lady
- BIRTH DATE: July 21, 1864
- DEATH DATE: October 29, 1947
- EDUCATION: Wells College, Central School, Medina Academy for Boys and Girls, Miss Bissell's School for Young Ladies
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Buffalo, New York
- PLACE OF DEATH: Baltimore, Maryland
- Originally: Frances Clara Folsom
- AKA: Frances Cleveland Preston
- Full Name: Frances Clara Folsom Cleveland Preston
- AKA: Frances Cleveland
- Nickname: Frankie
- Nickname: Frank
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When Frances Cleveland married Grover Cleveland, she became the youngest first lady ever, and the first to be married in the White House.
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In 1903 Frances gave birth to her fourth daughter. A year later, her 12-year-old daughter, Ruth, tragically died of diphtheria.
Grover Cleveland died on June 24, 1908. Frances remarried, to art history professor Thomas Jex Preston Jr., in February of 1913. In 1915, after moving to London, the couple became involved in the National Security League. During World War I,
Frances became active in the Needlework Guild. She later served as national president of the organization from 1925 to 1940.
Frances Cleveland died on October 29, 1947, in Baltimore, Maryland. She lived longer than any other first lady had after leaving the White House.
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