Anna Roosevelt Halsted
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Anna Roosevelt Halsted
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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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1975
    Age 68
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She was interred at Saint James Episcopal Church Cemetery in Hyde Park, New York, where many members of the Roosevelt family are buried. Notes Bibliography
  • FIFTIES
  • 1963
    Age 56
    In October, 1963, Anna was appointed by President John F. Kennedy to the Citizen's Advisory Council on the Status of Women, and worked on the council until her resignation in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details In February of that year, she was appointed vice-chairman of the President's Commission for the Observance of Human Rights. The Halsteds relocated to Washington, D.C. in 1964. While living there, Anna became involved in the Washington Work and Training Opportunity Center, Americans for Democratic Action, the Capitol Area Division of the United Nations Association of the United States of America, the National Committee of Household Employment, the Wiltwyck School, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Foundation. In 1971, the Halsteds retired to a cottage in Hillsdale, New York.
    In 1963, she became the Director of Public Relations for the Wayne State University School of Medicine, in Detroit.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born at 125 East 36th Street in New York City. She was named for her mother Anna Eleanor Roosevelt and maternal grandmother Anna Rebecca Hall.
  • 1961
    Age 54
    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.
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  • 1960
    Age 53
    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.
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  • 1957
    Age 50
    In April 1957, she became the Director of Public Relations and Assistant to the Dean, and held this position until September 1958.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1955
    Age 48
    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.
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  • 1954
    Age 47
    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.
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  • 1952
    Age 45
    Anna Boettiger married James Addison Halsted, a physician with the Veterans Administration, on November 11, 1952.
    More Details Hide Details She contracted coccidiomycosis and spent the next several years recovering.
  • 1949
    Age 42
    Anna divorced Boettiger in 1949. Suffering from depression, he committed suicide in 1950 by jumping from a hotel window in New York City.
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    In 1949, Anna Boettiger edited the monthly magazine The Woman, and contributed a series of articles called My Life with F.D.R.
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  • 1948
    Age 41
    The paper was sold in July. In September 1948, Anna launched a radio program with her mother, called the Eleanor and Anna Roosevelt Program, which was canceled in September 1949.
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    Anna was an executive editor and columnist until February 1948, when she became editor and publisher.
    More Details Hide Details For various reasons including newsprint shortages, the project turned into a costly failure. This soured the Boettigers' relationship with wealthy Democratic investors led by Walter Kirschner.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1946
    Age 39
    After her father's death, Anna and Clarence Boettiger bought a weekly newspaper in Phoenix, Arizona in 1946.
    More Details Hide Details They renamed it as the Arizona Times, turning it into a daily paper by May 1947.
  • 1945
    Age 38
    When in February 1945 President Roosevelt traveled to Yalta in the USSR to meet Stalin and Churchill, he selected Anna Boettiger to accompany him.
    More Details Hide Details His son, Brig. Gen. Elliott Roosevelt, who had attended the previous summits, had become politically controversial. Anna Boettiger was a witness to many historic moments, but she also carried the burden of dealing with some of the most intimate and painful decisions of her parents during their unconventional marriage. After her father's death, Anna had to tell her mother that FDR had been with his long-time mistress, Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd; in addition, she told her that Franklin had continued the relationship for decades, and people surrounding him had hidden it from Eleanor. Her brother James later wrote that Anna had become estranged from Eleanor after taking over some of her social duties at the White House. The relationship was further strained because Eleanor desperately wanted to go with her husband to Yalta but he chose Anna. Yet after a few years, the two were able to reconcile and cooperate on numerous projects. Anna's relationship with her famously fractious brothers was also volatile. Anna took care of her mother when she was terminally ill in 1962.
  • 1944
    Age 37
    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.
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  • 1943
    Age 36
    In 1943, her husband Boettiger began to suffer from serious depression.
    More Details Hide Details After a casual remark by FDR about his son-in-law's not being in uniform, Boettiger wrote to General Dwight D. Eisenhower for an officer's commission. Boettiger went into the service and left for the war. Anna suffered conflict with the new management of the Post-Intelligencer and left the paper as well.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1936
    Age 29
    She served as editor of the woman's page of that newspaper from 1936 until 1943.
    More Details Hide Details With her second husband, she had one son, John Roosevelt Boettiger (born March 30, 1939), who became an educator, clinical psychologist, and author.
  • 1935
    Age 28
    Six months later, on January 18, 1935, she married Boettiger, who had divorced his first wife.
    More Details Hide Details Her second husband had recently resigned from the Chicago Tribune, and signed on with the Will H. Hays organization, the Motion Picture Producers of America. Boettiger was hired by William Randolph Hearst to take over as publisher of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer following a bitter labor dispute with its employees in 1936. Anna Boettiger was active as a writer and journalist.
  • 1934
    Age 27
    Anna and Curtis Bean Dall divorced on July 30, 1934 at Minden, Nevada.
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  • 1932
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She also wrote two children's books, Scamper and Scamper's Christmas. She hosted a Best and Company department store. During this time, she began an affair with journalist Clarence John Boettiger, who was also married.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1926
    Age 19
    She was married for the first time, in Hyde Park, New York, in 1926 to stockbroker Curtis Bean Dall.
    More Details Hide Details The marriage soured before her father became president, and she chose to live in the White House with her parents. The couple had two children: Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (born March 25, 1927), who became an educator and librarian; and Curtis Roosevelt (born April 19, 1930), who became a civil servant and author. They were often referred to as "Sistie" and "Buzzie" in the 1930s American press.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1906
    Born
    Born on May 3, 1906.
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