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Historic Mansion Scene of
but Twelve Ceremonies
In a Century.
W Nov. 25 she will have the distinction
of being the thirteenth young woman
in the history of the republic who has
been wedded within the historic walls
of the White House. "All the world
loves a lover," and a love affair that
finds its denouement behind the clas
sic portals of the president's official
residence holds an interest to the pub
lie that is quite above and beyond that
of ordinary, everyday romances. In a
sense the executive mansion is the
people's own house, and so it naturally
follows that one who is married there
Is in some degree the chosen child of
all the great family of whom the presi
dent is the official head.
For generations the White House
has been a familiar figure to the Amer-
MISS JESSIE WILSON.
lean people. It has stood a central
landmark in the national capital since
the time of its founding and is known
the world over as the home of the
chief executive of the republic. Gre
cian in its architecture, it stands a
monument to the stern simplicity of
the true ideals of the nation.
So it happens that whenever a wed
ding takes place within the White
House the nation is prone to weave a
mystical web of beauty and romance
about the principals that sets theirs
quite apart from other bridals and
pedestals them high in the court of the
country's affection and regard.
Previous White House Bridals.
Prior to Miss Wilson's wedding there
have been just twelve young women
fortunate enough to have their wed
dings celebrated within the executive
mansion. The last of these was Miss
Alice Roosevelt, the daughter of Presi
dent Roosevelt, who was married to
Representative Nicholas Longworth of
Ohio on Feb. 17. 190G. Until then
there had not been a White House
wedding for nearly twenty years, the
previous nuptials being those of Miss
Frances Folsom, now the wife of Pro
fessor Thomas J. Preston of Princeton,
to President Grover Cleveland on June
The marriage of Miss Alice Roose
velt was one of the most brilliant cer
emonies ever held in the White House,
differing much from some of those in
the last century. Some of the White
House marriages have been severely
simple, and the approaching wedding
also will partake largely of the demo
cratic simplicity which is the dominant
note in the daily life of the bride and
her family, but Miss Roosevelt's mar
riage, like the first held in the White
House, which was in President Madi
son's administration, was accompanied
by much display.
Early Administrations Brideless.
1 In the early days of the republic,
when the nation's capital was located
at New York and Philadelphia, there
were no weddings at the executive
mansion. Nellie Custis, the beautiful
and charming stepdaughter of General
Washington, was too young to be mar
ried during the period that he occu
pied the presidency, and the second
president, John Adams, was unfortu
nate in having no young people in his
household during his incumbency.
President Jefferson's administration
was the first that began and ended in
the White House. He was a widower,
and whatever success his administra
tion had of a social character was due
to the presence of Mrs. Madison, wife
of the secretary of state and the great
est social factor of Washington official
The election of James Madison
brought this most popular of American
women to the highest social position
in the republic.
There were two weddings in the
White House while she was its mis
tress, and she took as much delight in
making them happy occasions as
Some Were Brilliant and
Simple In Form.
HEN Miss Jessie Wilson, sec
ond daughter of the presi
dent, becomes the wife of
Francis Bowes Sayre on
though both brides had been her own
children. The first wedding to occur
in the president's house was that of
the widow of a nephew of George
Washington, Lucy Payne. Mrs. Madi
son's younger sister, who was married
at the age of fifteen, in 1792, to George
Steptoe Washington? and lived during
her widowhood with the Madisons in
The engagement of this sister in the
winter of 1810 to Justice Todd of the
supreme court, a widower,' many years
older than herself, the father of five
children and a resident of the then far
distant state of Kentucky, was approv
ed by her family, and Mrs. Madison
reveled in the preparations for the
fine wedding she gave the couple. It
was celebrated on the evening of
March 11, 1811.
The second White House wedding
took place after the war of 1812 was
ended. The bride was a relative of
Mrs. Madison by marriage, Miss Anna
Todd of Philadelphia, and the bride
groom was a member of congress from
Virginia, John G. Jackson, a great
uncle of "Stonewall" Jackson.
The third wedding was that of Miss
Marie Monroe to Lawrence Gouverneur.
Being the daughter of a president, it
might have been expected that the oc
casion of her wedding would have
been marked by great festivity. But
such was not the case, and the affair
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was a distinct disappointment to those
who thought they had a right to expect
more from the White House family.
Monroe Marriage Simple.
Mrs. Monroe was a city bred woman.
She had been brought up in the exclu
sive circle of New York, and she did
not approve of the Virginia style. So
the wedding of her youngest daughter
was the reverse of a grand affair.
The circular or blue room was cho
sen for the wedding, and the Rev. Dr.
Hawley of St. John's church perform
ed the ceremony, which took place at
The fourth marriage celebrated in
the president's house was that of John
Adams, the son and private secretary
of President John Quincy Adams. He
was married to his cousin, Helen Jack
son of Philadelphia. Miss Jackson was
a niece of Mrs. Adams, and her broth
er, Walter Jackson, was a secretary to
the president and lived in the White
It was an evening affair, and the
ceremony was performed Feb. 10,1828,
in the blue room in the presence of
a distinguished gathering. Dr. Haw
'ley officiated on this occasion as he had
done at Miss Monroe's wedding, and
the president and Mrs. Adams, though
it was known that they did not whol
ly approve of the match, made the
wedding a notably gay one.
The Jackson Administration.
Andrew Jackson's administration
succeeded that of John Quincy Adams,
and it is recalled as one during which
there were three weddings.
The fifth marriage in White House
history was that of Miss Delia Lewis
of Nashville, Tenn., whose father, Wil
liam B. Lewis, was one of President
Jackson's most intimate personal
friends. He practically lived in the
president's house and was a member
of that famous kitchen cabinet carica
tured so persistently in that day.
Miss Lewis was married to Mr. Al
phonse Joseph Yver Pageot. a native of
Martinique, who was secretary of the
French legation at the time of his mar
President Jackson was intensely
fond of his wife's relatives and, being
a childless widower and having not a
relative in the world of his own. gath
ered about him many young people.
THB E PRINCETON TJNIOK: THURSDAY
WHITE HOUSE WEDDINGS.
Twlve weddings have been held
in the White House in the history
Of the United States. The marriage
of Miss Jessie Wilson will be the
thirteenth. The twelve are:
1811Lucy Payne Washington to
Judge Todd. i
1812Anna Todd to Representative
John G. Jackson.
1820Marie Monroe to Lawrence
1828Helen Jackson to John Adams.
1829-37Delia Lewis to Alphonse Jo
seph Yver Pageot Mary Easten
to Lucien B. Polk Emily Martin
to Lewis Randolph.
1842Elizabeth Tyler to William
1874 Nellie Grant to Algernon
Charles Frederick Sartoris.
1878Emily Piatt to General Rus
1886Frances Folsom to President
1906Alice Roosevelt to Representa
tive Nicholas Longworth.
among whom were several of Mrs.
Mary Easten, a Tennessee girl, was
one of these nieces, and when she was
married to Lucien B. Polk of Tennes
see the president arranged to have the
ceremony take place in the Blue room.
Another White House marriage that
occurred during President Jackson's
administration was that of Miss Emily
Martin, a niece of Mrs. Donelson, who
became the bride of Lewis Randolph,
a grandson of Jefferson.
The eighth wedding to occur in the
White House was that of Miss Eliza
beth Tyler, daughter of the president
of that name, to William Waller of
Virginia, the bride being but nineteen
years of age, on Jan. 31. 1842.
The next wedding, the ninth to oc
cur in the White House, did not take
place until the Grant administration,
when the general's beautiful daughter,
Ellen, or Nellie, as she is better known,
became the bride of Mr. Algernon Sar
toris. The ceremony, which was with
out doubt the most brilliant function
held at the White House during her
father's tenure there, has become a
recollection to which all who witnessed
it delight to revert
It was the first wedding to be cele
brated in the east room and took place
on May 21, 1874, or nearly thirty years
after the Tyler wedding.
The Tenth Bridal.
The tenth White House wedding was
that of Miss Emily Piatt, niece of Pres
ident Hayes, who was married to Gen
eral Russell Hastings on June 19, 1878*
The bride had been to the president
and Mrs. Hayes as a daughter, and
she had lived in their home for many
years, going to the White House with
them from Ohio.
When next the blue room was deco
rated for a marriage ceremony the
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MBS. NICHOLAS IiONGWOBTH.
wedding was that of President Cleve
land, the first president to be married
in tho White House.
Miss Frances Folsom, the bride, was
twenty and was noted as being grace
ful and winsome. Her engagement to
the president was made in the summer
of 1885. Soon after she went to Eu
rope with her mother and remained
there until a few days before her wed
ding. That occurred on the evening of
June 2. 18S6. at 7 o'clock, in the blue
The wedding of Miss Alice Roose
velt to the then Representative Nich
olas Longworth of Ohio in 1906 is of
too recent date to need more than pass
ing mention. It was the twelfth of
the series and was by far the most
brilliant ceremony ever held in the
White House, with the single excep
tion, perhaps, of that of President
Cleveland and Miss Folsom. It took
place in the east room, where the com
ing nuptials of Miss Wilson and Mr.
Sayre are to take place.
Yet while Miss Jessie Wilson will
have the distinction of being the thir
teenth young woman to become a
bride in the White House, as mention
ed at the beginning of this article, it is
by no means certain that hers will be
the only wedding ceremony to be held
there during her father's administra
tion, The president has two other
daughters, who vie with their sister in
charm and attractiveness, and it is by
no means impossible that the names of
one or both of these may yet be added
to the distinguished list of White
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