16 Facts About Rose Cleveland


Rose Elizabeth "Libby" Cleveland served as first lady of the United States from 1885 to 1886, during the first term of her brother, President Grover Cleveland's two administrations.

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Rose Elizabeth Cleveland was born in Fayetteville, New York, on June 13,1846.

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Rose Cleveland died the following month, with Rose being seven years old at the time of her father's death.

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Rose Cleveland left school and went to New York City to work as a teacher at the State School for the Blind.

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Rose Cleveland was educated at Houghton Seminary in Clinton, New York, where she later became a teacher to support herself and help support her widowed mother.

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Rose Cleveland taught at the Collegiate Institute in Lafayette, Indiana, and at a girls school in Muncy, Pennsylvania, where she taught in the late 1860s.

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At Muncy Seminary Rose Cleveland was known for her strong personality and independence.

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Rose Cleveland then prepared a course of historical lectures; one lecture, in particular, focused on altruistic faith, which she delivered before the students of Houghton Seminary and at other schools.

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When her elder brother, Grover Cleveland, became the 22nd President of the United States in March 1885, Rose assumed the duties of First Lady and lived in the White House for fifteen months.

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Rose Cleveland stood by her brother during his inauguration and was his hostess during his bachelor years in the White House.

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The newspaper reported that Miss Rose Cleveland wore a dress of black satin, with entire overdress of Spanish lace.

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Rose Cleveland did not completely fit into Washington high society.

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When President Cleveland married Frances Folsom, Rose left the White House and began a career in education.

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Rose Cleveland became the principal of the Collegiate Institute of Lafayette, Indiana, a writer and lecturer, and the editor of the Chicago-based magazine Literary Life.

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Rose Cleveland died at home on November 22,1918, at 7:32 in the evening during the 1918 flu pandemic.

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Rose Cleveland was buried there in the English Cemetery, and Evangeline was buried next to Rose in the same cemetery 12 years later.

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