Lorena Hickok

Born Mar 7, 1893

Lorena Alice Hickok was an American journalist known for her close relationship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Born in Wisconsin to a dressmaker and a butter farmer, Hickok had an unhappy childhood marked by isolation and abuse. After her mother's death when Hickok was fourteen, she left home, worked on her own, and completed high school with the help of a cousin.… Read More

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1893 Birth Born in 1893.


1923 30 Years Old In 1923, she won an award from the Associated Press for writing the best feature story of the month, a piece on President Warren G. Harding's funeral train.
1926 33 Years Old During her years in Minneapolis, Hickok lived with a society reporter named Ella Morse, with whom she had an eight-year relationship. In 1926, Hickok was diagnosed with diabetes, and Morse persuaded her take a year's leave from the newspaper so the pair could travel to San Francisco and Hickok could write a novel. … Read More
After working for The Mirror for about a year, Hickok obtained a job with the Associated Press in 1928, where she became one of the wire service's top correspondents.
1932 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1932, Hickok convinced her editors to allow her to cover Eleanor Roosevelt during her husband's presidential campaign and for the four-month period between his election and inauguration.


By Franklin's inauguration on March 4, 1933, Hickok had become Eleanor's closest friend. … Read More
During her time with FERA, Hickok developed a dislike of reporters. In one report to Hopkins in 1934, she wrote, "Believe me, the next state administrator who lets out any publicity on me is going to get his head cracked".
…  Following complications with her diabetes, Hickok resigned from FERA in 1936 and worked for three years promoting the 1939 New York World's Fair. … Read More
1940 47 Years Old With help from Roosevelt, Hickok became the executive secretary of the Women's Division of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in February 1940, doing groundwork for the 1940 election. … Read More
1941 48 Years Old From early January 1941 until shortly after FDR's fourth inauguration in 1945, she lived at the White House. … Read More


1945 52 Years Old When Hickok's diabetes worsened in 1945, she was forced to leave her position with the DNC. … Read More


1954 61 Years Old Late in life, Hickok wrote several books. She co-authored Ladies of Courage with Eleanor Roosevelt in 1954. … Read More
1962 69 Years Old Most of them dated to the 1930s, but the correspondence continued up to Roosevelt's 1962 death. … Read More
1968 75 Years Old She lived in a cottage on the Roosevelt estate, where she died in 1968.
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