McElroy, Mary Arthur, 1927, Biographical Sketch
AS PRESIDENT ARTHUR was a widower when he ascended to the White House, his sister, Mary, wife of John E. McElroy, of Albany, N. Y., assumed the duties of hostess, and under her administration, the social life of the mansion took on a more sumptuous tone than it had for many years. President Arthur had a son and a daughter, the former of whom was away at school, but the latter lit up the household with song and laughter. Mrs. Arthur had died only a year before her husband's advent in the White House, and her absence from his side was a haunting sorrow to the Chief Executive.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 22.
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