Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on July 24, 1963 · Page 12
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July 24, 1963

Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 12

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, JtAtf 84, ifldS T/te JF/iife House Dads EDITOR'S NOTE: Only one President's child, So far, has beefi both in the White Mouse. No. 2 is expected in August, fiut hew many offspring have chiet executives added after they left office? Here's a timely Father's Day look at the President as parent. By VtilQtMA PAkMEtt Written fot Hie Associated 1'rcsi Our rhost prolific President John Tyler, was a lean 6-footer who sired 15 little Tylers by two wives. Seven of them were born after he retired from office bu obviously not from family life. While Tyler's record is not one to be overtaken easily, the sta tistics on our other Presidents as fathers are often impressive. Six were childless, but the re maining 28 (including John F. Ken nedy) account for 126 heirs — 76 boys and 50 girls. This figures ou to 3,7 children each, well above the current national average. The Tyler brood is formidable, but It was Graver Cleveland who had the distinction of being t h e only President to have a child born in the White House. Thi? shows the proper paternalistic spirit because when he took office the first time he wasn't even married. Cleveland also is included, along with Tyler and Benjamin Harrison, who went on enlarging their family after their White House stint ended. Tylers Close Family The White House must have been really jumping in the days after John Tyler, his invalid wife and seven children moved in back in 1841. An eighth child had died in infancy. According to legend, Vice President Tyler was involved in a hot game of marbles with his sons at their Virginia home when word reached them that President William Henry Harrison was dead. The Tylers were a simply living, closely knit family which often gathered about the piano singing and entertaining old friends and frequent honored guests. Mrs. Tyler, who had suffered a serious stroke three . years previously, stayed in the background. After attending her one and only White House function, she died in September, 1842, at the age of 52. Tyler Marries Again Within two years the widowed President began to woo the daughter of one, of his wealthy friends, a former New York state senator, whose family owned Gardiner's Isle off Long Island. They were all together with a large party on a yacht when an explosion killed the girl's father. The grief-stricken 24-year-old society beauty was consoled by thi President of the United States An incurable romanticist, he evei composed a love song, "Swee Lady. Awake," in her honor. Despite the objections of h u grown children, President Tylei and pretty Julia Gardiner were married quietly in New York City Then they returned to Washington where for eight months "her serene lovliness" enjoyed her hostess role at lavish parties. In retirement from public office, the Tylers settled down to the business of raising another Tyler family. The ex-President was 70 and had a 20-year-old granddaughter when the last of his seven children by his second wife was born. His first child was born in 1816. The last died in 1935. Several of his children by the first marriage never set eyes on the offspring of the second Mrs. Tyler, but who, it seems, all turned out exceptionally well. There were several lawyers, politicians, businessmen, and one Lyon Gardiner Tyler, became president of William and Mary College which his father and grandfather had attended. Baby at the White House President Cleveland who married for the first and only time at 47, declared after the birth o. his first child that fatherhood was more wonderful than all the prev- ious fame, horror and glory he had known. In 18J13, when the Cleveltvnds made their famous comeback to the White House, they had a 17- months-old daughter. Within eight months the stork deposited another bundle on the famous doorstep. When Cleveland retired four years later, there were three little girls lined up with the luggage and Mrs. Cleveland. Esther Cleveland — the only child actually born in the White House — now lives in England with her husband, William Bosanquet, the retired board chairman of a steel company. At 68, the mother of two daughters, Mrs. GROVER CLEVELAND Josanquet runs a 17-acre estate and recalls little of her White louse days for when she left here, she was younger than Car- •lyn Kennedy is today. Out of office, the Clevelands noved to Princeton, N.J. There s a lovely colonial mansion, the 0-year-old former presirent en- oyed life among his neighbors .nd the students at the Univer- ity. When his family grew to include wo sons, Cleveland began to wor- y about his wife's ability to man- ige financially in the event of his eath. He wrote and lectured try- ng to interest the government in granting presidential pensions, un- leard of .at that time. Tragedy Strikes Once again Cleveland came into lational prominence when he help- i d clean up an insurance com-)any scandal, arid was installed Life insurance Companies at a salary of $25,000 a year. Then tragedy struck .the fami ly. In the summer of 1904, the. oldest girl died. The powerfu man \vho overcame even a cancer of the mouth while he was in office, began 16 fail rapidly. In 1908, he passed away. Frances Folsom Cleveland remained a handsome young widow for five years. Then In 1913 she married a Princeton professor of archeology. As Mrs. Thomas Preston Jr. she died oh October 29, 1947. She was the only wife of a President to remarry. Tht While House family quarters were bursting at the seams when the Benjamin Harrisons look over in 1889. In addition to the 55-year-old President and his wife, there were two grown children, grandchildren, Mrs. Harrison's aged father and assorted nieces and nephews. , Mrs. Harrison died before her husband's one term ended, knowing only that he sought the se' ond term that she opposed very strongly. A Father at 63 After Cleveland defealed him in 1892 and swept back into office, Harrison spent four years making a new life for himself. When hte bearded, white-haired former President decided to remarry, his choice was the niece and secretary of the first Mrs. Harrison. In April, 1896, in New York City the eldeiiy Harrison made 38-year-old Mrs. Mary Lord Dimmick his bride. They took extensive trips, and she encouraged his writing articles for magazines. When Harrison was past 63, their daughter was born. He was delighted with her. 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