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 Lucy Page <I>Mercer</I> Rutherfurd

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Lucy Page Mercer Rutherfurd

  • Birth 26 Apr 1891 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Death 31 Jul 1948 Aiken, Aiken County, South Carolina, USA
  • Burial Tranquility, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA
  • Memorial ID 8434159

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.

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  • Originally Created by: Jennifer M.
  • Added: 24 Feb 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8434159
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lucy Page Mercer Rutherfurd (26 Apr 1891–31 Jul 1948), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8434159, citing Tranquility Cemetery, Tranquility, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .