Esther Cleveland

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Esther Cleveland
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Esther Cleveland
Born (1893-09-09)September 9, 1893
The White House, Washington, D.C., United States
Died June 25, 1980(1980-06-25) (aged 86)
New Hampshire, United States
Spouse(s) Captain William Sidney Bence Bosanquet (1918-1966, his death)
Children Philippa Foot, Marion Bosanquet
Parent(s) Grover Cleveland
Frances Cleveland
Relatives Ruth Cleveland (sister)
Rose Cleveland (aunt)
Frederick Albert Bosanquet (father-in-law)

Esther Cleveland (September 9, 1893 – June 25, 1980) was the second child of Grover Cleveland, 22nd & 24th President of the United States, and his wife Frances Folsom Cleveland. She was born in the White House, the first and to date only child of a President to be born there.

In April, 1896, she contracted measles when it spread through the White House, leading to a quarantine.[1] Five years later, she contracted diphtheria.[2]

She made her debut in 1912[3] and was rumored to be engaged to Randolph D. West shortly after (which was denied by her relatives).[4] On March 14, 1918, at Westminster Abbey, she married Captain William Sidney Bence Bosanquet of the Coldstream Guards of the British Army.[5] He was the son of Sir Frederick Albert Bosanquet, the Common Serjeant of London. Her husband (born 1893) died on 5 March 1966.[5] Her daughter was the British philosopher Philippa Foot.

Esther Cleveland Bosanquet died in New Hampshire in 1980 at age 86.


  1. ^ Staff report (April 8, 1896). MEASLES IN THE WHITE HOUSE.; Esther Cleveland, the President's Daughter, Attacked by the Disease. New York Times
  2. ^ Staff report (May 21, 1901). ESTHER CLEVELAND ILL.; Daughter of ex-President Attacked with Diphtheria -- Three Other Cases at Princeton. New York Times
  3. ^ Staff report (1912?). MISS CLEVELAND'S DEBUT.; Daughter of Late President, Born in White House, to Enter Society at 19. New York Times
  4. ^ Staff report (October 27, 1912). ESTHER CLEVELAND ENGAGED; Report That 'White House Baby' Will Marry Randolph D. West. New York Times
  5. ^ a b Staff report (March 15, 1918). ESTHER CLEVELAND WEDS CAPT. BOSANQUET; Late President's Daughter Marries Coldstream Guards Officer in Westminster Abbey. New York Times