Thursday, June 02, 2011

Happy 125th anniversary to Uncle Jumbo and Frankie!

One hundred twenty-five years ago today - on June 2, 1886 - President Grover Cleveland and Frances Folsom were married. The ceremony took place in the Blue Room of the White House. It was an intimate ceremony: just twenty-eight guests, including all the members of the cabinet and their wives, excepting Attorney General Augustus Garland, who, after the death of his wife several years earlier, had pledged to never again take part in “social festivities,” declining even to attend his own son’s wedding. The forty-nine-year-old groom donned a tuxedo with a white bowtie. The twenty-one-year-old bride wore a gown of heavy corded satin so stiff it could stand up by itself. Grover’s brother William, a Presbyterian minister, presided. In her vows, Frances promised to “love, honor, and . . . keep”--not “obey.” The music was provided by the Marine Band under the direction of John Philip Sousa...

Really looking forward to tonight's event in Brooklyn. Click here for more information.