George Elsey

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George McKee Elsey (February 5, 1918 – December 30, 2015) was an American naval commander who was an advisor to Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman. He also served as a speechwriter and political strategist for Truman during the 1948 election.[1]

Life

Elsey was born in Palo Alto, California and was raised in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. He studied at Princeton University, and Harvard University.[2]

A commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve, he was a duty officer in the White House Map Room, 1941–46, accompanying Truman to the Potsdam Conference; Assistant to Clark Clifford, the Special Counsel to the President, 1947–49; Administrative Assistant to the President, 1949–51; and Assistant to the Director, Mutual Security Agency, 1951-53. Having served as Vice-President of the organization between 1958 and 1961,[3] Elsey became President of the American Red Cross in 1970, serving in that post until 1982.[4] He died in Tustin, California on December 30, 2015.[5][6] He provided an oral history to the Truman Presidential Library in July 1969.

Works

  • George M. Elsey (2005). An Unplanned Life: A Memoir. University of Missouri Press. pp. 144–. ISBN 978-0-8262-6488-6. 

References

  1. ^ George M. Elsey, one of the last links to the FDR White House, dies at 97
  2. ^ Martin, Douglas (2016-01-08). "George Elsey, One of the Last Survivors of World War II White House, Dies at 97". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  3. ^ "Harry S. Truman Papers - Staff Member and Office Files -George M. Elsey Files". Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "American Red Cross Museum- Personal Data - George Elsey". American Red Cross. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Schudel, Matt (2016-01-09). "George M. Elsey, one of the last links to the FDR White House, dies at 97". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  6. ^ Martin, Douglas (2016-01-08). "George Elsey, One of the Last Survivors of World War II White House, Dies at 97". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 


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