Historical Notes: A Great Romance

When State Senator Franklin Delano Roosevelt moved from Albany to Washington in 1913 to become Assistant Secretary of the Navy, he took up residence with his wife and young children in a comfortable rented house on N Street in Georgetown. After a few months, 30-year-old Eleanor Roosevelt, even then a woman of wide and active interests, found it difficult to manage a household while keeping up with the capital's intellectual and social whirl. She hired a social secretary to work, as she later recalled, "three mornings a week." Her new helper was...

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