Monthly Archives: September 2015

Jane Pierce: First Lady of Sorrows

Some people are born with a melancholy gene. Like Jane Appleton Pierce. A Solemn Girl There was nothing in Jane Appleton’s (1806-63) childhood that suggested merriment. She was a New Englander, her father a Congregational minister, and strict religious observance … Continue reading

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Martha Washington’s “Disposition”

Martha Washington had very few memorable “quotes” – but one of them bears repeating. Often. Martha Washington: Correspondent When George Washington died in 1799, his distraught widow of more than 40 years systematically burned most of their correspondence. George Washington … Continue reading

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Frances Cleveland: The FLOTUS As Celebrity

When 49-year-old sitting president Grover Cleveland took a 21-year old bride, the country was enchanted.   Frances Folsom: White House Bride New First Lady Frances Cleveland was not only young, but she was pretty.  She had a nice figure, a peaches-and-cream … Continue reading

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Lucy Hayes and the Spectacular Dinner Service,

The White House, then and now, requires a huge amount of china place settings. The Precedents of China Formal Presidential dinner services have always been needed for formal occasions since the time of George Washington’s terms of office in New … Continue reading

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