Dinner Place Card



I recently purchased a 'dinner place card' used by General Joseph Hawley when he attended an official state banquet at the White House in February 1888. Grover Cleveland was the president of the United States at the time, having recently married the young Francis Folsom.

The event is described in an article from the The Daily Argus News Crawfordsville, Indiana, February 20, 1888. Part of the article states, 'Mrs. Joe Hawley wore a blue satin train of silver brocade and her corsage was low'.

Though General Joseph Hawley (Link source: Wikipedia) and President Grover Cleveland were not related, I am related to both. Joseph Hawley through the Joseph Hawley Sr. line and Grover Cleveland through Jerusha Cleveland who married my 4th great grandfather, John Hawley.

The card is unique piece of history, connecting two of my ancestors. To view the February 20, 1888 article visit http://news.google.com.













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