Hassett, William D., 1880-1965

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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 RooseveltÂ’s 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

Journalist.

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

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creatorOf Norwich University. Friends of the Kreitzberg Library. Friends of the Kreitzberg Library records, 1968-2010. Norwich University, Kreitzberg Library
referencedIn Henry F. Pringle Papers, 1932-1957, (bulk 1939-1946) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
William D. Hassett Papers
referencedIn Audiovisual Collection. 1957 - 2006. Photographs Relating to the Administration, Family, and Personal Life of Harry S. Truman. 1957 - 2004. Photograph of President Harry S. Truman at Opening Baseball Game
creatorOf Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. Ellen Van Volkenburg-Maurice Browne general correspondence, 1911- University of Michigan
creatorOf Hart, James, 1896-1959. Letters to Professor James Hart from eminent Americans in the fields of politics and political science on governmental policy and problems [manuscript] 1915-1953. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn John L. McCrea Papers, 1898-1984, (bulk 1914-1966) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Hassett, William D., 1880-1965,. Roosevelt miscellany, 1933-1945: [ephemera in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Collection]. Library of Congress
creatorOf William D. Hassett Papers. 1903 - 1965. Personal Correspondence
referencedIn McCrea, John L. (John Livingstone), 1891-. Papers, 1898-1984 (bulk 1914-1984). Library of Congress
referencedIn Clark M. Clifford Papers, 1883-1999, (bulk 1946-1998) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Morgenthau, Henry, 1891-1967. Papers, 1866-1953, 1933-1953 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Hassett, William D., 1880-1965. Papers, 1903-1965, 1933-1965 (bulk) Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Hassett, William D., 1880-1965. William D. Hassett papers, 1930-1956. Library of Congress
referencedIn President's Secretary's Files (Truman Administration). 1945 - 1960. Diaries Files. 1947 - 1953. 1947. 1947 - 1953. Diary Entry of Harry S. Truman
referencedIn George E. Crothers papers, 1905-1957 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn McCrea, John L. (John Livingstone), 1891-. Papers of John L. McCrea, 1898-1984 (bulk 1914-1984). Library of Congress
referencedIn Autographs of famous Americans, 1807-1949. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Robert E. Sherwood papers, 1917-1968 (inclusive), 1934-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Franklin D. Roosevelt Library. Oral history interviews, 1947-1974. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Harry S. Truman Library Oral History Collection. 1960 - 2005. Oral History Interviews. 1960 - 2005. Oral History Interview with William D. Hassett
creatorOf William D. Hassett Papers. 1950 - 1965. Subject Files
referencedIn Chase, Stuart, 1888-1985. Stuart Chase papers, 1907-1978 (bulk 1931-1955). Library of Congress
referencedIn Clifford, Clark M., 1906-1998. Clark M. Clifford papers, 1883-1999 (bulk 1946-1998). Library of Congress
creatorOf Moore, Opha, 1867-1967. Papers 1892-1962. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
creatorOf William D. Hassett Papers. 1903 - 1965. Personal Files
referencedIn President's Secretary's Files (Truman Administration). 1945 - 1960. Diaries Files. 1947 - 1953. 1947. 1947 - 1953. Diary Entry of Harry S. Truman
referencedIn Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956. File from Truman Presidential Papers, 1945-1952. University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Stuart Chase Papers, 1907-1978, (bulk 1931-1955) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf William D. Hassett Papers. 1903 - 1965. General Correspondence
referencedIn President's Secretary's Files (Truman Administration), 1945 - 1960. Diaries Files, 1947 - 1953. 1947. Diary Entry of Harry S. Truman, 12/25/1947. Harry S. Truman Library
referencedIn Pringle, Henry F. (Henry Fowles), 1897-1958. Papers of Henry F. Pringle, 1932-1957 (bulk 1939-1946). Library of Congress
creatorOf William D. Hassett Papers. 1903 - 1965. Clippings Files
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associatedWith Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956. person
associatedWith Browne, Maurice, 1881-1955. person
correspondedWith Chase, Stuart, 1888-1985. person
associatedWith Clark University (Worcester, Mass.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Clifford, Clark M., 1906-1998. person
associatedWith Cosmos Club (Washington, D.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Crothers, George E. (George Edward), 1870-1957 person
correspondedWith Farley, James A. (James Aloysius), 1888-1976 person
associatedWith Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Franklin D. Roosevelt Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Frost, C. I. person
associatedWith Frost, Warren. person
associatedWith Hart, James, 1896-1959. person
associatedWith Howland, C. E. person
associatedWith Howland, Fred A. person
correspondedWith Johnson, Louis Arthur, 1891-1966 person
associatedWith McCrea, John L. (John Livingstone), 1891- person
associatedWith McNamara, Dorothy. person
associatedWith McNamara, Maxine. person
associatedWith McNamara, Wilson C. person
associatedWith Moore, Opha, 1867-1967. person
associatedWith Morah, Lawrence, Mrs. person
associatedWith Morgenthau, Henry, 1891-1967. person
associatedWith Norwich University. Friends of the Kreitzberg Library. corporateBody
correspondedWith Perkins, Frances, 1880-1965 person
associatedWith Pringle, Henry F. (Henry Fowles), 1897-1958. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. person
correspondedWith Sherwood, Robert E. (Robert Emmet), 1896-1955 person
associatedWith White House (Washington, D.C.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Woodring, Harry Hines, 1887-1967 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Vermont
Subject
World War, 1939-1945
presidents
Insurance
Political clubs
Real property
Men--Societies and clubs
Occupation
Journalists
Secretaries, Presidential
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Death 1965

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