LeHand, Missy

LeHand, Missy

(Marguerite Alice LeHand), 1896–1944, personal secretary to Franklin RooseveltRoosevelt, Franklin Delano
, 1882–1945, 32d President of the United States (1933–45), b. Hyde Park, N.Y. Early Life

Through both his father, James Roosevelt, and his mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt, he came of old, wealthy families.
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, b. Potsdam, N.Y. She worked for Roosevelt's unsuccessful vice presidential campaign (1920) before she became (1921) his personal secretary; when he then was stricken with polio, she became his constant companion, confidante, and aide. A hostess and adviser when Roosevelt was New York governor (1929–33), she continued in that role when he became (1933) president, living in the White House and helping to bring together disparate personalities to create the New DealNew Deal,
in U.S. history, term for the domestic reform program of the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt; it was first used by Roosevelt in his speech accepting the Democratic party nomination for President in 1932.
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. Following the death of Louis HoweHowe, Louis McHenry,
1871–1936, American journalist and political adviser to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, b. Indianapolis, Ind. He wrote about politics for several newspapers, then became involved in New York politics.
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 (1936), she was the unofficial White House chief of staff until 1941, when a stroke left her an invalid.

Bibliography

See K. Smith, The Gatekeeper (2016).

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