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us: Tully, Grace, 1900-1984


  • [Grace Tully was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, on August 9, 1900. She went to work for the Democratic National Committee in 1928, and her first assignment was to assist Eleanor Roosevelt in organizing support for presidential candidate Al Smith. With Franklin D. Roosevelt's nomination for the New York governorship, she transferred to the Roosevelt campaign and, after his successful election, served as assistant to his personal secretary, Marguerite "Missy" LeHand. Tully's primary White House duties included dictation, typing of speech drafts, the President's mail and oversight of the President's speech files. In 1941, she assumed the role of principal personal secretary to the President when Missy LeHand was incapacitated by a stroke. That same year, the President appointed Tully to a three person committee to act as steward over his personal papers in preparation for their opening to researchers. She was present at the Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia, when Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945. She served as Executive Secretary of the FDR Memorial Foundation and in 1949 published her memoirs, FDR: My Boss. From 1955 to 1965, she served with the staff of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, working closely with then Senate Majority leader Lyndon B. Johnson]

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    • found: F.D.R., my boss, 1949: t.p. (Grace Tully)
    • found: OCLC, Sept. 11, 2000 (hdg.: Tully, Grace G.; usage: Grace Tully)
    • found: Grace Tully collection, Roosevelt Library, 1907-1984: finding aid (b. Bayonne, N.J., Aug. 9, 1900; d. June 15, 1984, Washington, D.C.; started work with the Democratic National Committee in 1928,and was assigned to assist Eleanor Roosevelt who was organizing support for presidential nominee Al Smith; worked for Franklin D. Roosevelt during his years as governor of New York, and after he became president, sharing secretarial duties with Missy Lehand; became Roosevelt's primary secretary in 1941; Tully was in Warm Springs, Georgia, when Roosevelt died, and thereafter became executive secretary of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Foundation; served with the staff of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, working closely with then-Senate Majority leader Lyndon B. Johnson, 1955-1965)
    • found: Findagrave.com search, Sept. 5, 2013 (Grace Tully; b. Aug. 9, 1900; d. June 15, 1984; private secretary to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt; burial unknown)
    • found: Washington Post via ProQuest.com search, Nov. 6, 2013: obituary, June 16, 1984 (Grace Tully; FDR secretary and confidant dies; b. June 15, 1984, at George Washington Hospital, Washington, D.C.; b. Bayonne, N.J.; executive secretary of the F.D.R. Foundation; on staff of the Democratic National Committee; at the time of her death she was an alternate member of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission)
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    • [Grace Tully was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, on August 9, 1900. She went to work for the Democratic National Committee in 1928, and her first assignment was to assist Eleanor Roosevelt in organizing support for presidential candidate Al Smith. With Franklin D. Roosevelt's nomination for the New York governorship, she transferred to the Roosevelt campaign and, after his successful election, served as assistant to his personal secretary, Marguerite "Missy" LeHand. Tully's primary White House duties included dictation, typing of speech drafts, the President's mail and oversight of the President's speech files. In 1941, she assumed the role of principal personal secretary to the President when Missy LeHand was incapacitated by a stroke. That same year, the President appointed Tully to a three person committee to act as steward over his personal papers in preparation for their opening to researchers. She was present at the Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia, when Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945. She served as Executive Secretary of the FDR Memorial Foundation and in 1949 published her memoirs, FDR: My Boss. From 1955 to 1965, she served with the staff of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, working closely with then Senate Majority leader Lyndon B. Johnson]
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