Esther Cleveland

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Esther Cleveland
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Esther Cleveland
Born(1893-09-09)September 9, 1893
DiedJune 25, 1980(1980-06-25) (aged 86)
Captain William Sidney Bence Bosanquet
(m. 1918; his death 1966)
ChildrenPhilippa Foot
Marion Bosanquet
Parent(s)Grover Cleveland
Frances Cleveland
RelativesRuth Cleveland (sister)
Marion Cleveland (sister)
Richard F. Cleveland (brother)
Rose Cleveland (paternal aunt)
Frederick Albert Bosanquet (father-in-law)

Esther Cleveland (September 9, 1893 – June 25, 1980) was the second child of Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th President of the United States, and his wife Frances Folsom Cleveland.


She was born on September 9, 1893 in the White House. She was the 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.[6] Her daughter was the British philosopher Philippa Foot.

Esther Cleveland Bosanquet died in Tamworth, 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. The New York Times
  2. ^ Staff report (May 21, 1901). ESTHER CLEVELAND ILL.; Daughter of ex-President Attacked with Diphtheria -- Three Other Cases at Princeton. The New York Times
  3. ^ Staff report (1912?). MISS CLEVELAND'S DEBUT.; Daughter of Late President, Born in White House, to Enter Society at 19. The New York Times
  4. ^ Staff report (October 27, 1912). ESTHER CLEVELAND ENGAGED; Report That 'White House Baby' Will Marry Randolph D. West. The New York Times
  5. ^ Staff report (March 15, 1918). ESTHER CLEVELAND WEDS CAPT. BOSANQUET; Late President's Daughter Marries Coldstream Guards Officer in Westminster Abbey. The New York Times
  6. ^ Staff report (March 8, 1966). W.S. Bosanquet, Husband Of 'the White House Baby.' The New York Times