U.S. At War: Grandpa's Christmas

The eleventh Christmas since Franklin Roosevelt was first elected President was also the first he had spent at Hyde Park since 1932. Then he had four grandchildren. By last week, five marriages and three divorces later, he had 14 grandchildren, and the seven who were on hand to spend Christmas with him made the 20 bric-a-brac-filled rooms of the Hyde Park mansion seem precariously crowded. The mother of John Roosevelt Boettiger, 4, found his overcoat pocket crammed with keys he had filched from White House doors. Grandpa Roosevelt—his hair considerably whiter than in 1932 and, as he remarked to a...

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