September 22, 2003

Presidential Fun Fact of the Day

Frances Cleveland.

When Grover Cleveland was elected President, he was a forty-eight year old confirmed bachelor. Little did the public know he had his eye on a young girl attending Wells College.

Grover knew Frances since she was an infant, having been a law partner of her father's. He sent her letters and flowers while she was at college, and once told one of his sisters cryptically that he was "waiting for his wife to grow up."

The couple became secretly engaged after Frances graduated from college, and the papers believed the President was up to something. However, they thought Grover's interest was in Frances's widowed mother...not Frances herself. At twenty-one, Frances was the youngest of the First Ladies.

Posted by Jennifer at September 22, 2003 01:06 AM


Ok, I'm freaked out now. Almost as bad as Woody and Soon Ye

Posted by: Pete at September 22, 2003 06:45 AM

Can you imagine if that happened today? People would freak out. But people loved Frances Cleveland when she was First Lady.

Posted by: Jennifer at September 22, 2003 11:38 PM

Look for the new musical I'm writing called
"Frances and Grover" it has the flair of the film American President. This is an unusual love story. Does she think of him as a father? Does he think of her as a daughter? How do they fall in love?

Posted by: James Melvin at December 17, 2003 12:54 PM