U.S. At War: Assistant President

Room 301 in St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn, has light-cream walls and a southeast-corner view, the patient noted. To the Clinic staff, even to his brisk, dark-haired Nurse Mary Conway, the patient was just another one of the 100,000 who come to Mayo's each year. But to Franklin Roosevelt, anxiously reading the wired reports, the man in 301 was much more important.

Harry Hopkins, 53, was back at Mayo's for the third time in seven years, for his second major stomach operation. The first came in 1937. Specialists concluded that he had...

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