During his first presidential campaign, Grover Cleveland (pictured) -- a bachelor and governor of New York known for his frank honesty -- admitted to having an affair with local widow Maria Halpin. The problem was that he also was apparently not the only one spending quality time with Mrs. Halpin. This became even more complicated when she had a son named Oscar Folsom Cleveland. Interestingly enough, Oscar Folsom was also the name of one of Cleveland's married friends. No matter. Cleveland admitted to paying child support. His honesty didn't stop detractors from shouting "Ma, Ma, where's my Pa?" during his presidential campaign. (Sympathizers responded with "Gone to the White House. Ha! Ha! Ha!") Cleveland eventually married Folsom's daughter years after becoming administer of her estate (he was 28 years her senior) at the White House -- the only president to get married there.
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