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Anna Roosevelt Halsted
2131 R Street NW, Kalorama neighborhood, DC. Now the Ambassador’s residence of the Republic of Mali.
Franklin D. Roosevelt and his family lived at the R Street address from 1918 to 1920, and at the White House from 1933 to 1945.
Eleanor was the longest-serving First Lady, and took on many presidential roles following her husband’s partial paralysis from polio, giving speeches and campaigning for his re-elections. She was the first First Lady to hold press conferences, and write a syndicated newspaper column. She was an outspoken advocate for women’s rights, civil rights, and the human rights of war refugees. After her husband’s death, she was a delegate to the United Nations and oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She chaired the John F. Kennedy administration’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.
Eleanor is the author of three memoirs: This Is My Story (1937), This I Remember (1950), and On My Own (1959). Her syndicated column, “My Day,” which appeared six days a week from 1936 to 1962 has been preserved in a “comprehensive, electronic edition” at George Washington University.
Eleanor and Franklin had six children; of the five who survived, three became writers. The oldest, James Roosevelt II, lived next door to his parents on R Street.
Anna Roosevelt Halsted was a journalist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Arizona Times, and edited the monthly magazine The Woman. She later worked in public relations. During her mother’s frequent absences from the White House during WWII, Anna stood in as official hostess. She is the author of two children’s books: Scamper: The Bunny Who Went to the White House (1934) and Scamper’s Christmas (1934). In addition, she co-authored a biography, with Lorena A. Hickock, The Story of Eleanor Roosevelt (1959).
Elliott Roosevelt was a pilot in the US Army Air Corps from 1940 to 1945, rising to the rank of Brigadier General. He also worked in various fields, including broadcasting, ranching, and business. Elliott is the author of numerous books, including the best-seller As He Saw It (1946) and the revelatory biography The Roosevelts of Hyde Park: An Untold Story (1973). Other books include A Rendezvous with Destiny (1975, co-written with James Brough), Mother R (1977, also co-written with James Brough), The Conservators (1982), and Eleanor Roosevelt, with Love (1984). Elliott edited the four-volume correspondence of his father.
Twenty-two mysteries appeared under Elliott’s name that were actually ghost-written by William Harrington. This series starred Eleanor as a detective and continued to appear a full decade after Elliott’s death. Titles from this series include: Murder and the First Lady (1984), The White House Pantry Murder (1987), Murder in the West Wing (1992), and Murder in the Lincoln Bedroom (2000).
Architect: James Hoban (with Benjamin H. Latrobe).