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Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd
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Mistress
    (April 26, 1891-July 31, 1948)
    Born in Washington, District of Columbia
    Hired as a personal secretary by Eleanor Roosevelt in 1913
    Became mistress of Franklin D. Roosevelt
    With FDR when he suffered a fatal cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Georgia (April 12, 1945)
    Died of leukemia in New York City at age 57
    Though her family was prominent in the D.C. area, they were poseurs who didn't have much money.
    Eleanor hired her to be HER personal assistant, not HIS.
    Eleanor discovered the affair after finding hidden love letters written by her to Franklin in his suitcase.
    Roosevelt promised to break off the affair with her, but continued seeing her afterwards, including his inauguration and on the day he died.
    The affair was kept from the public until 1966 when a former Roosevelt aide broke the story.
    In 1920 she married a rich New York socialite and widower with six kids (they had one child of their own).
    The Roosevelt's daughter Anna helped arrange secret trysts between her and Franklin, so she must have been something special.
    If Eleanor felt betrayed by the two of them, she made up for it by having an affair herself.
    When Roosevelt was felled by the hemorrhage, she hastily left so as not to make the bad situation worse.
    A cousin of Roosevelt stated for the New York Times, 'She was there when he was stricken, but she was not there when he died.'
    Her husband died in 1944, Franklin in 1945, her mother and only sister in 1947 and she herself lost a cancer battle a year later.

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