New exhibit opens for former first lady Folsom Cleveland

Buffalo N.Y. (WIVB)- A new exhibit in Buffalo pays tribute to a First Lady born in the Queen City. Some compare to Jackie Kennedy.

Frances Folsom was born in a house on Edward Street 150-years ago today. A special ceremony honored her birth and later her marriage at the White House to President Grover Cleveland. You can see the artifacts by visiting the courthouse in Downtown Buffalo.

Frances created quite a stir in her day; the artifacts on display in the new federal courthouse downtown include portraits as well as a small pin that’s one of a kind.

Reporters would climb trees and rooftops just to see what they were doing,” says Collection owner Mark D. Evans. “The Cleveland’s had a paparazzi problem.”

Her popularity would be considered a viral sensation in today’s terms. Today her Grandson, George Cleveland, helped honor the memory of his grandmother.

I have no idea what she would think about today,” says George Cleveland, “but she loved Buffalo with all her heart.”

The exhibition is on display in the new federal courthouse downtown from now until September 3rd. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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