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 Rose Elizabeth “Libbie” Cleveland

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Rose Elizabeth “Libbie” Cleveland

Birth
Fayetteville, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Death 22 Nov 1918 (aged 72)
Lucca, Provincia di Lucca, Toscana, Italy
Burial Bagni di Lucca, Provincia di Lucca, Toscana, Italy
Memorial ID 199466633 View Source

Younger sister of Grover Cleveland. She took over the duties of First Lady for the first 15 months of her brothers Presidency until he married Frances Folsom Cleveland in 1886.

After giving the role of First Lady to Frances she went to Indiana to pursue her first love of teaching. She would become the principal of the Collegiate Institute of Lafayette, Indiana, a writer and lecturer and the editor of the Chicago-based magazine Literary Life.

Rose never married and lived for a time in Florida before following her former companion Evangeline Simpson-Whipple, the widow of Rev. Henry Benjamin Whipple, to Bagni di Lucca, Italy in 1910. The two lived there quietly until Rose's death in the Spanish Fever Epidemic in 1918. Evangeline died in 1930 and was buried next to Rose in the English Cemetery in Florence.


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