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White House Weddings

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Parent Issue
Day
11
Month
June
Year
1886
Copyright
Public Domain
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President Cleveland is the nrst Fresident of the United States married in the White House, and the only president, except Tyler, who was married while holding the high ofliee. The first wife of President Tyler died in the Executive Mansión during the first year of his adniinistration. In less than two years trom the date of her death Mr. Tyler stole quietly away to New York, under the pretenso of looking after his political fencee in the east, but, in truth, went there for his second wife, a Mrs. Gardiner, whom he brought a few days later to the White Hoasp, where she reigned as the mistress i 1 1 4 i 1 the close of her huslmnd's Presidential term. But few of Mr. Tyler's friends knew of liis inte'ntions until after the marringe had taken place, so adroitly had he kept the secret, noteven intrusting riny part of the details to the careful care and custody of his private secretary. , In Mr. Tyler's case there were no gossiping grandfathers, and the bride-elect was carefully enjoined by the prospectivo groom to neither write nor send word. History portrays the i'act that the lady tras not endowed witli either an atnbition or a desire to place herself upon record as the coming wife of the president and future mist ress of the White house. In th'tsc days the industrious newspaper correspondent was not so great a quantity as al the present time, eomoquently it was niuili liss ditlicult to keep the '"awful secret" within the close confines of the relativos and friends of the high contracting parties. The first wedding to take place at the White house was that of Miss Todd, 1811, to Col. Jonn (. Jack.son of Virginia, who, previous to tliis event, had served in four of tho early congresses. After the marriage he was in congrega for two sessions. Mis Todd was a relativo of the illustrious Dolly Madison.lhe beautiful wife of President James Madison. Samuel L. Gtouveneur, who was at one time the private secretary ofPresident Monroe, was the second gentleman to be thns honored wlth a marriage in the l're iilent's mansion. The bride upon this occasion was iis Martha Monroe, a (iaughter of the President. This was in 1820, the bride being but 1? years of age. The marriage ceremony was porformed in the center of the great east parlor, in the presence of a very large gathering of the prominent families of the government, including the members of the foreign legations and their families. In lb'2ti, during tlici administration of John Quincy Artams, hi.s son, John Quincy, Jr., was married in the White House to his cousin. Miss Johnson. During the administration of President Jack.son the atmosphere about the White House was prolific of weddings. While "Old Hickory" reigned he inuividually planned for two amarriages beneath the White House roof. The first of the two wedding while Jackson was president was that of Miss Lewis of Nashville, with Mr. Paquet of Martinique, who was in aftor years French Minister to the United States. The last of the two weddings was that of Miss Eaton, also of Tennessee, a neice of James K. Polk, who afterward became president. In Jamiary, 18, Miss Klizabeth Tyler, a daughter of the first wife of President Tyler, wiis married in the east parlor to William Wallen of Virginia. The most interest ing nuptial ceremony that ever took plaoe in the White House, and within the realization of the many, was that of Miss Nellie. tho only daughter of the late President Grant, which event tianspired on the 21st of May, 1874, she marrying Algernon Sartoris. Solicitor of Patenta, F. O. McCleary, of Washington, D. C, saya the only thing that did him any good, when suffering with a severo cough of several weeks standing, was Red Star Cough Cure, whieh is purely vegetable and free from opiates and poison. Atlanta is the third largeat snnlt market in tho world. London -mes Brit, New York iii'xt and Atlanta third. Lorillard Bold 808,C00 pounds of snuif in that city last ■ ml other snuff makers aliout 150,000 Ïiounds. One house theresold 66.000 pounds. n Macon, Lorülard gold 175,000 pounds. All that is good. ge nero lis, wise, right,- whatever I delibera til v and forever love in others and inyscll', -who or what could by any possibllii v have given it to me but one who first had" it to give? ïhis is not logic; this is axiom. - Carlyle. An expresa train on the Central Vermont rallway dashed around a curve the other day and rushed headlong into u heard of cattle, btoektng the crosssiog. Five animals were killed, but the train did not leave the raiN. There is nothiiiR will mnke you a christian indeed but a taste of the sweetness of Ulirist. "Coine and see" will speak best to

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Ann Arbor Democrat