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Tully, Grace, 1900-1984



  • Existence: August 9, 1900 - June 15, 1984

Biographical / Historical

Grace Tully was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, on August 9, 1900. She went to work for the Democratic National Committee in 1928, and her first assignment was to assist Eleanor Roosevelt in organizing support for presidential candidate Al Smith. With Franklin D. Roosevelt's nomination for the New York governorship, she transferred to the Roosevelt campaign and, after his successful election, served as assistant to his personal secretary, Marguerite "Missy" LeHand. Tully's primary White House duties included dictation, typing of speech drafts, the President's mail and oversight of the President's speech files. In 1941, she assumed the role of principal personal secretary to the President when Missy LeHand was incapacitated by a stroke. That same year, the President appointed Tully to a three person committee to act as steward over his personal papers in preparation for their opening to researchers. She was present at the Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia, when Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945. She served as Executive Secretary of the FDR Memorial Foundation and in 1949 published her memoirs, FDR: My Boss. From 1955 to 1965, she served with the staff of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, working closely with then Senate Majority leader Lyndon B. Johnson

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Arthur Bliss Lane papers

Call Number: MS 5
Abstract: The papers consist of official, personal, and business correspondence, articles, speeches, clippings, recordings, photographs, and other papers of Arthur Bliss Lane, career diplomat, public servant, and lecturer. The papers reflect Lane's diplomatic career from the time he entered the service in Rome (1916), until his resignation as Ambassador to Poland (1947), and contain correspondence from international political figures. Also included are materials relating to his work on behalf of...
Dates: 1904-1957