Hassett, William D., 1880-1965Variant names
William D. Hassett (1880-1965) was born in Northfield, Vermont. He attended Clark University from 1902 to 1904, then became a reporter for the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vermont). In 1909, Hassett went to Washington, D.C., where he continued his newspaper career with the Washington Post and the Associated Press, and also served as Washington correspondent for the Cincinnati Enquirer and the New York Telegram. From 1921 to 1925, he served in London as correspondent for the Philadelphia Public Ledger and the Associated Press. Hassett began his government career in 1933 with the National Recovery Administration moving in 1935 to the White House as an Assistant Secretary to Franklin D. Roosevelt. On February 19, 1944, President Roosevelt appointed him Secretary to the President. Hassett also served occasionally as White House press secretary, and it was he who announced the Roosevelts death in Warm Springs, Georgia. He was appointed Secretary to President Harry S. Truman on April 16, 1945, and held this post until his retirement in 1952. Hassett was a director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Foundation, a trustee of Norwich University (Vermont), and a member of the Board of Management of the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. He wrote several articles and books, the best known being, Off the Record with FDR (1958).
From the description of Hassett, William D. (William David), 1880-1965 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10582517
Journalist and secretary to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
From the description of William D. Hassett papers, 1930-1956. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70980273
Hassett held government posts with the National Recovery Administration, 1933-1935, and on the White House staff, 1935-1952, including Secretary to President Roosevelt and President Truman.
From the description of Papers, 1903-1965, 1933-1965 (bulk) (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155523248
|referencedIn||President's Secretary's Files (Truman Administration). 1945 - 1960. Diaries Files. 1947 - 1953. 1947. 1947 - 1953. Diary Entry of Harry S. Truman||Harry S. Truman Library|
|referencedIn||Audiovisual Collection. 1957 - 2006. Photographs Relating to the Administration, Family, and Personal Life of Harry S. Truman. 1957 - 2004. President Harry S. Truman and Staff Members at Fort Jefferson||Harry S. Truman Library|
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