Was the wife of the former Secretuary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau.
Elinor was a close friend of Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt. She was for some time an aide to her, and a companion on many of the former First Lady's trips. She was a volunterr helper and stand in of Mrs. Roosevelt during the latter's service as assistant director of the Office of Civilian Defense in 1941 and 1942. At White House functions, Mrs. Morgenthau sometimes assisted the president's wife and at the annual stunt night of the "gridiron widows" she usually wrote some of the skits and appeared in them with mrs. Roosevelt. The two woman often rode horseback in Washington parks and attended farm groups meetings together. When King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of Great Britian visited Hyde Park on June 11, 1939, Mrs. Morgenthau was one of four seated at the King's table during his famous hotdog picnic. She was a member of the Women's Trade Union league of New York. During WWII, she helped promote the sale of Treasury war bonds as co-chairman of the women's division of the national war bond sales organization. Cause of Death: Liver Ailment