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AMERICA’S FIRST LADIES RESPONSIBILITIES

AMERICA’S FIRST LADIES – THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES (continued) The White House, which serves as the executive mansion and the home of the president, has required continual upkeep. Unfortunately, this home often has been in disrepair due to the Congress’ occasional reluctance to appropriate the necessary funds. The White House was destroyed by the British in 1814 …

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MARGUERITE (MISSY) LEHAND

FDR’s Gatekeeper: The President’s Most Significant Surrogate First Lady Previous posts on the site have demonstrated that Eleanor Roosevelt was matrimonially estranged from Franklin, her husband. The breach occurred in 1918 when Eleanor accidently discovered his ongoing affair with Lucy Mercer, her social secretary. Consequently, during his 1920s convalescence for disabling polio, two term governorship …

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ANNA ROOSEVELT: HER FATHER’S CAREGIVER & SURROGATE FIRST LADY III

FDR’S DAUGHTER MAY HAVE PROLONGED HER FATHER’S LIFE APRIL 1944 — APRIL 1945. Once President Roosevelt was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and severe hypertension, his daughter Anna and Navy cardiologist Lieutenant Commander Howard Bruenn assumed his care and medical treatment. Dr. Bruenn was a constant presence and examined Roosevelt several times each day. Anna …

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ANNA ROOSEVELT: HER FATHERS CAREGIVER & SURROGATE FIRST LADY II

FDR’S DAUGHTER: INSTRUMENTAL IN PROLONGING HER FATHER’S LIFE, APRIL 1944 — APRIL, 1945? Anna Roosevelt, President Roosevelt’s daughter and favorite child, became a White House resident in early 1944 and was her father’s closest companion until his death in April, 1945. It was at her insistence that FDR was examined by Dr. Howard Bruenn, an …

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ANNA ROOSEVELT. CAREGIVER OF FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT, HER FATHER I

DID HER INTERVENTION PROLONG FDR’S LIFE THROUGH D DAY, THE 1944 PRESIDNTIAL ELECTION, AND THE YALTA CONFERENCE? Anna Roosevelt Boettiger, President Franklin, and First Lady Eleanor, Roosevelt’s oldest child and only daughter, visited the White House over the 1943-44 Christmas/New Year holiday. During her four week stay, FDR quickly realized how much he enjoyed his …

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MARY TODD LINCOLN. A PERNICIOUS ANEMIA SUFFERER?

A RECENT ARTICLE CLAIMS THAT PERNICIOUS ANEMIA, NOT BIPOLAR DISEASE, WAS THE CAUSE OF HER PSYCHIATRIC SYMPTOMS. Mary Todd Lincoln, the wife of America’s sixteenth president, was very familiar with unhappiness during the last decades of her life. Her desire for an upscale lifestyle had exceeded her material resources for most of her marriage. Therefore, …

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MARGARET (DAISY) SUCKLEY. COMPANION TO FDR II

FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT, A VERY LONELY PRESIDENT, RELIED UPON DAISY FOR HIS COMPANIONSHIP AND COMFORT. “Margaret Suckley was Franklin Roosevelt’s closest companion during the last years of his life. No one was more often with him during World War II.” She was acutely and consistently concerned about Franklin’s well being. (1) Daisy was unmarried, a Hyde …

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MARGARET (DAISY) SUCKLEY. COMPANION TO FDR.

WHEN FIRST LADY ELEANOR ROOSEVELT WAS NOT AROUND, A SURROGATE NEEDED TO ‘LOOK IN’ ON PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT. Daisy Suckley was a Hudson River neighbor and distant cousin of President Franklin Roosevelt (FDR). She was both intelligent and refined, but also unmarried, without a profession, and the only support for her dysfunctional family. The family …

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ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, A REMARKABLE BUT PARADOXICAL FIRST LADY

MRS. ROOSEVELT EXPANDED THE PERSONA OF THE AMERICAN FIRST LADY IN REMARKABLE WAYS, BUT PARADOXICALLY LEFT UNFULFILLED ITS IMPORTANT TRADITIONAL ROLE – THE COMFORT AND PERSONAL SUPPORT OF THE PRESIDENT, HER HUSBAND. In 1918, Eleanor Roosevelt, who had borne her husband Franklin Roosevelt (FDR) five children, accidentally uncovered evidence of an ongoing two-year love affair …

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