Saturday, October 6, 2007

Presidental Families: James and Elizabeth Monroe

The first Executive Mansion wedding was Maria Hester Monroe, James and Elizabeth's younger daughter, married her cousin, Samuel Gouverneur, in the executive Mansion on March 9, 1820. It was the first wedding of a presidential child to take place in the Executive Mansion. At seventeen, Maria had fallen in love with Samuel, who had come to live in the mansion with his mother, Hester, the first lady's sister, and worked as a presidential aide.
Eliza Monroe took charge of her sister's wedding plans and announced that the marriage would be held "New York Style." This meant that the guest list would be limited to family and a small number of close friends. Thus insulting cabinet members and foreign diplomats, prohibiting their attendance and their gifts, and alienating the groom.

1 comment:

Zoie said...

Well written article.