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Victoria Dora "Henrietta" Kugler Nesbitt
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Birth: 1874
Duluth
St. Louis County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Jun. 15, 1963
Bethesda
Montgomery County
Maryland, USA

Infamous housekeeper of the White House during the Franklin Roosevelt administration. Proprietor of a Hyde Park bakery, Mrs. Nesbitt was asked by Eleanor Roosevelt to become head housekeeper when the Roosevelts moved into the White House in 1933. Her husband, Henry F. Nesbitt, accompanied his wife and became a White House steward. Under Mrs. Nesbitt's direction, the cuisine in the White House soon became known for its non-glamorous and rather bland characteristics. "Eat before you come to the White House" became a popular phrase. Besides being a rather ordinary cook, Mrs. Nesbitt was known for her iron-clad constitution, and was a formidable woman to have to deal with. She remained briefly into the Truman administration, but was dismissed by the new President when she refused to give Bess Truman a stick of butter for her woman's club, as butter was rationed. She retired to Hyde Park and wrote a cook book as well as memoir of her years in the White House. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Henry F Nesbitt (1865 - 1938)*
 
 Children:
  Garven Stokes Nesbitt (1906 - 1970)*
  Trevanion Henry Ernest Nesbitt (1911 - 1989)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint James Episcopal Churchyard
Hyde Park
Dutchess County
New York, USA
 
Created by: Jeff Harvey
Record added: Nov 09, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 100436171
Victoria Dora Henrietta <i>Kugler</i> Nesbitt
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Victoria Dora Henrietta <i>Kugler</i> Nesbitt
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Victoria Dora Henrietta <i>Kugler</i> Nesbitt
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