FIRST PRESIDENTIAL BABY BORN AT THE WHITE HOUSE
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) A century and twenty-two years ago today, September 9, 1893, President and Mrs. Grover Cleveland announced that their second child, Esther*, had been born at the White House.
Esther Cleveland was the first child of a President of the United States to be born in the executive mansion. The first child to be born in the White House was James Madison Randolph**, the grandson of President Thomas Jefferson. He was born in 1806.
Mrs. Frances Folsom Cleveland, at age 21, remains the youngest First Lady in American history.
*Esther Cleveland Bosanquet (1893-1980) was born in Washington, D.C. She made her social debut in 1912 and married Captain William Sidney Bence Bosanquet of the British Coldstream Guards. ECB died in New Hampshire at the age of 86.
**James Madison Randolph** was the 8th child & 2nd son of Thomas Mann Randolph and Martha Jefferson Randolph. His grandfather was President Thomas Jefferson. He graduated from the University of Virginia and ran one of the small family farms. JMR died at age 28
COURTNEY KENNEDY BORN IN BOSTON
Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) FIfty-nine years ago today, September 9, 1956, Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy announced the birth of their fifth child and second daughter, Mary Courtney Kennedy.*
Courtney was married to Jeffrey Ruhe (1980-1990) and Paul Michael Hill (1993-2006). She worked in pediatric AIDS with the United Nations, and is now a human rights activist. MCK has one child named Saorise Roisin which in Gaelic means "Freedom Rose."
"Bobby and Ehtel's Brood: The Weight of Legacy," by Adam Cohen, www.cnn.com/