Marriage of President Grover Cleveland and His Foreign Policy on Turkey

American Minute with Bill Federer

A wedding took place in the White House, JUNE 2, 1886.

One of three Presidents to marry in office and the only President to wed on White House grounds, Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom, and together they had five children.

Cleveland, both the 22nd and 24th President, stated in his 2nd Inaugural, March 4, 1893:

Above all, I know there is a Supreme Being who rules the affairs of men and whose goodness and mercy have always followed the American people, and I know He will not turn from us now if we humbly and reverently seek His powerful aid.

In a Message to Congress, December 2, 1895, President Cleveland stated:

Reported massacres of Christians in Armenia and the development there and in other districts of a spirit of fanatic hostility to Christian influences naturally excited apprehension for the safety of the devoted men and women who, as dependents of the foreign missionary societies in the United States, reside in Turkey.

President Cleveland continued:

Several of the most powerful European powers have secured a right…not only in behalf of their own citizens…but as agents of the Christian world…to enforce such conduct of Turkish government as will refrain fanatical brutality.

The next year, President Cleveland stated, December 7, 1896:

The rage of mad bigotry and cruel fanaticism…wanton destruction of homes and the bloody butchery of men, women, and children, made martyrs to their profession of Christian faith…

The outbreaks of blind fury which lead to murder and pillage in Turkey occur suddenly and without notice…

Grover Cleveland concluded:

I do not believe that the present somber prospect in Turkey will be long permitted to offend the sight of Christendom.

It so mars the humane and enlightened civilization that belongs to the close of the 19th century that it seems hardly possible that the earnest demand of good people throughout the Christian world for its corrective treatment will remain unanswered.


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