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Lucy Page Mercer Rutherfurd
Birth: Apr. 26, 1891
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Death: Jul. 31, 1948
Aiken
Aiken County
South Carolina, USA

American Folk Figure. She was the mistress/companion of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Born to a prominent Maryland Catholic family, she had to go to work when her family fell on hard times. In 1914 she became social secretary to Eleanor Roosevelt, where she met and fell in love with FDR, who was assistant Secretary of the Navy at the time. Eleanor learned of the affair in 1918 when she found a packet of letters from Lucy in her husband's luggage. The Roosevelts decided not to divorce, and Franklin agreed never to see Lucy again. However, there is evidence that they later resumed meeting; FDR got Lucy a front row seat to his 1932 inauguration. Lucy married Winthrop Rutherford in 1920 and had one daughter with him; their marriage lasted until his death in 1944. She became a companion for FDR after the death of her husband, and was with him in Warm Springs when he collapsed and died in 1945, although she left before Eleanor arrived and heard the news of FDR's death on her car radio. She returned to her late husband's farm in Aiken, South Carolina, where she lived until her death. (bio by: Jennifer M.) 
 
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 Parents:
  Carroll Mercer (1857 - 1917)
  Minna Leigh Tunis Mercer (1863 - 1947)
 
 Spouse:
  Winthrop Chanler Rutherfurd (1862 - 1944)*
 
 Children:
  Barbara Rutherford Knowles (1922 - 2005)*
 
 Sibling:
  Violetta Carroll Mercer Marbury (1885 - 1947)*
  Lucy Page Mercer Rutherfurd (1891 - 1948)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Tranquility Cemetery
Tranquility
Sussex County
New Jersey, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Jennifer M.
Record added: Feb 24, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8434159
Lucy Page <i>Mercer</i> Rutherfurd
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Lucy Page <i>Mercer</i> Rutherfurd
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Lucy Page <i>Mercer</i> Rutherfurd
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Rest in peace
- Debbie
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- Janet Carroll
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RIP
- Cyberella1000
 Added: Sep. 18, 2014
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