Frances Cleveland Preston, born July 21, 1864- October 29, 1947, was the First Lady of the United States from 1886 to 1889, and again from 1893 to 1897, as the wife of Grover Cleveland. She became the First Lady at age 21 and remains the youngest wife of a sitting President.
According to historical facts, Frances Cleveland was the pioneer of much of what is today associated with being a First Lady of the United States. She was at the center of some firsts and undertook activities that contributed to the evolution of what this role involves today.
However, Grover Cleveland knew Clara and her family, from the day she was born. When her father died, Cleveland was appointed administrator of his estates and became Clara's guardian, who was just 11 years old at that time.
While Grover embarked on a rapid political position at that time, he made sure she got educated and eventually married her when he gained political power at the age of 48, while Frances was 21.
Frances not only became the youngest First Lady in the United States and the world at large, she intensely captured the attention of the media and the public in general. She was a voracious leader. She had five children for her husband, Grover Cleveland.
She campaigned against women's suffrage in the early 90s. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, she led to the Needlework Guild Of America, in its clothing drive for the poor.
After her husband's death, she remarried Thomas J. Preston Jr, a Professor of Archeology. She became the first Presidential widow to remarry.
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