Anna Roosevelt Halsted

Anna Roosevelt Halsted

Writer and Socialite
Born May 3, 1906

Anna Roosevelt Dall Boettiger Halsted was the daughter of the U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, as well as the granddaughter of Elliott Roosevelt.

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1906 Birth Born on May 3, 1906.


1926 20 Years Old She was married for the first time, in Hyde Park, New York, in 1926 to stockbroker Curtis Bean Dall. … Read More
1932 26 Years Old Between 1932 and 1934, Anna was associate editor of a magazine called Babies Just Babies (her mother, Eleanor, also had ties to this publication); and she contributed articles to Liberty magazine. … Read More
1934 28 Years Old Anna and Curtis Bean Dall divorced on July 30, 1934 at Minden, Nevada.
1935 29 Years Old Six months later, on January 18, 1935, she married Boettiger, who had divorced his first wife. … Read More


1936 30 Years Old She served as editor of the woman's page of that newspaper from 1936 until 1943. … Read More
1943 37 Years Old In 1943, her husband Boettiger began to suffer from serious depression. … Read More
1944 38 Years Old In 1944, at her ailing father's request, Anna moved into the White House to serve as an assistant to the President and as White House hostess during her mother's frequent absences.
1945 39 Years Old When in February 1945 President Roosevelt traveled to Yalta in the USSR to meet Stalin and Churchill, he selected Anna Boettiger to accompany him. … Read More


1946 40 Years Old After her father's death, Anna and Clarence Boettiger bought a weekly newspaper in Phoenix, Arizona in 1946. … Read More
1948 42 Years Old 1 More Event
Anna was an executive editor and columnist until February 1948, when she became editor and publisher. … Read More
1949 43 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1949, Anna Boettiger edited the monthly magazine The Woman, and contributed a series of articles called My Life with F.D.R.
1952 46 Years Old Anna Boettiger married James Addison Halsted, a physician with the Veterans Administration, on November 11, 1952. … Read More
1954 48 Years Old She began to work in the public relations field for labor unions. In the fall of 1954, she attended University of California, Los Angeles School of Social Work.
1955 49 Years Old In 1955, she and her husband moved to Syracuse, New York, where she was hired as the assistant to the Director of Public Relations at the State University Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.


1957 51 Years Old In April 1957, she became the Director of Public Relations and Assistant to the Dean, and held this position until September 1958.
1960 54 Years Old The Halsteds moved to Iran, where Halsted helped establish the Pahlavi University Medical School. Anna worked there in public relations and administration. In 1960, the Halsteds moved to Lexington, Kentucky and Anna worked as a staff assistant to the Dean of the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
1961 55 Years Old In 1961, the Halsteds moved to Birmingham, Michigan, where Anna became the public relations director and coordinator at Metropolitan Hospital for the Comprehensive Medical Care Program sponsored by the United Auto Workers.
With her second husband Clarence John Boettiger, she worked at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, serving as editor of the women's pages for several years. She later worked in public relations for universities. Beginning in 1963, she was appointed to presidential commissions by John F. Kennedy, serving on the Citizen's Advisory Council on the Status of Women for several years, and as vice-chairman of the President's Commission for the Observance of Human Rights. … Read More


1975 70 Years Old Anna continued to be active in most of the same organizations until her death from throat cancer on December 1, 1975, aged 69, at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, New York. … Read More
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