1868 – First Lady Frances Farwell Dies

On this date Frances Amelia Corss Farwell died in Washington, D.C. She was born in 1831 in Watertown, N.Y., and married on September 20, 1853, in Madison. In 1851, at age 32, he had been the youngest governor ever elected in Wisconsin; Frances Farwell gave birth to three children while residing in Madison. After losing their fortune in the Panic of 1857, the Farwells relocated to Washington when President Lincoln appointed Governor Farwell an examiner in the nation’s patent office. On April 14, 1865, they witnessed President Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theater, and Farwell left of that evening, including how he probably saved the life of vice-president Andrew Johnson. After his wife’s death, Leonard Farwell moved in 1879 to Chicago, only to suffer more heavy losses in the fire of 1871. He then moved to Granite City, Mo., where lived until his own death in 1889. [Source: , by Nancy G. Williams, pg.32]