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)
Spouse(s)
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.

Biography[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  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