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It was a largely uneventful trip. After stopping in Cuba to pick up cigars, Roosevelt and his companions spent most of their time fishing and watching movies. On December 9, however, a navy seaplane slid alongside the Tuscaloosa to deliver mail to the president.
Among the stacks of newspapers and correspondence was a long letter from British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. In his remarkable, 4,word discourse, Churchill detailed the military situation in Great Britain and across Europe. After a year of war with Germany, he wrote, Britain was running out of money to pay for war goods and needed American help.
He could not, however, suggest exactly how the president would provide it. History turned on that letter. A week later, Roosevelt dispatched Hopkins on a special mission to London. Born in in Sioux City, Iowa, Harry Hopkins grew up imbued with traditional Midwestern values of self-reliance, thrift, and pragmatism.
He would wear the same shirt three or four days at a time. He managed to shave almost every day—usually at the office. InPresident Roosevelt tapped the year-old social worker to be his federal emergency relief administrator, and from to Hopkins headed the Works Progress Administration.
Rather than giving needy people handouts, Hopkins liberally granted money to the states for work programs. The gangly Iowan survived, but his health remained fragile for the rest of his life.
Encouraged by Roosevelt, who originally hoped to retire at the end of his second term, Hopkins briefly entertained thoughts of the presidency. His hopes were further legitimized when Roosevelt appointed him secretary of commerce in December Roosevelt arranged for the best navy doctors to treat his friend.
Hopkins rallied, but his ordeal drained him of political ambition. He resigned his cabinet position in Augustdetermined to serve Roosevelt and his country in other ways for as long as possible.
Unassuming and plainspoken, Hopkins enjoyed a unique relationship with the chief executive. Roosevelt had other advisers, but he found Hopkins perfect company and liked to discuss important matters with him informally.
For example, Roosevelt appointed General Dwight D.
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Marshall, despite the opposition of Hopkins and many others, including Churchill. Noticeably ill during a visit with the president in MayHopkins spent the night in a White House suite. Hopkins lived there for the next three and a half years.
When he married for the third time in Julyhis wife, Louise, joined him and his daughter Diana in the White House.
The family remained there until Decemberwhen Harry rented a house in nearby Georgetown. Not everyone, however, was happy with the arrangement. He seemed to the British to be the stereotypical American: He could influence the president more than any living man.
At a dinner given by newspaper magnate and Minister of Aircraft Production Lord Beaverbrook, Hopkins addressed the press.
Though there was vehement opposition to the Lend-Lease plan, Americans sympathized with Britain, which was waging war against enormous odds. Such a vague job description gave Hopkins nearly free rein for the task of preparing the armed forces and private business for war production.While both Eleanor Roosevelt and Anna Roosevelt were aware of Franklin D.
Roosevelt’s dramatically deteriorating health, neither sought to intercede with his doctors to assume a different course of his health care; it was an atmosphere dictated by the President, who acted with denial about his condition and refused to openly discuss the.
Benjamin Franklin was the most genial and engaging of the founders, and Isaacson has produced a biography to match.
Franklin's life is a well-ploughed topic, but by concentrating on his relationships with family and friends, Isaacson sheds new light on America's first true world citizen.
On this day in , President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs an executive order creating the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA was just one of many Great Depression relief programs.
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