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OnDaFence 31M/39M
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4/11/2019 8:09 pm

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April 12th 1945



President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had gone to Warm Springs, Georgia, by doctor’s advice on March 29, 1945, to recover from what was believed to be exhaustion. Elizabeth Shoumatoff began her work painting FDR's portrait at about noon on April 12. while Roosevelt was being served lunch. During the session, he complained of having a terrific pain in the back of his head. He slumped forward, unconscious, and was taken to his room where he later died. This last portrait of FDR was never completed.


Elizabeth Shoumatoff (October 6, 1888 – November 30, 1980 )

OnDaFence 31M/39M
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4/11/2019 8:14 pm

Lucy Mercer had commissioned the portrait of FDR.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
28262 posts
4/11/2019 8:15 pm

Mercer was whisked out the back door by Shoumatoff


OnDaFence 31M/39M
28262 posts
4/11/2019 8:16 pm

Lucy Mercer was rumored to be FDR's mistress.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
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4/11/2019 8:17 pm

The connection was not revealed until 1966 in a biography of FDR.


hate_Fakes 34M
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4/11/2019 8:39 pm

Salacious!


OnDaFence 31M/39M
28262 posts
4/11/2019 8:51 pm

I would never devolve into such content!.... well..... almost never.


Hungr4Yungr 70M
3879 posts
4/11/2019 9:05 pm

Interesting factoid that I was unaware of. Thank you, Bret. Hope your anniversary celebrations are going well.


SalvoAvonBuxton 25M
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4/11/2019 9:23 pm

I REALLY enjoy this part of History!


OnDaFence 31M/39M
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4/11/2019 9:27 pm

    Quoting Hungr4Yungr:
    Interesting factoid that I was unaware of. Thank you, Bret. Hope your anniversary celebrations are going well.
Just a little briefing towards the end of a pleasant day.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
28262 posts
4/11/2019 9:29 pm

I attempt to look ahead for points of history that were missed in school


akl1234 59M  
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4/12/2019 5:00 am

Interesting Blog I enjoy history like this !!!


Stevie1954 61T
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4/12/2019 5:42 am

FDR had a hideaway down here near Warm Springs, Ga. He bathed in a hot spring pool to relieve his polio aches and pains.


newboy69 64M
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4/12/2019 1:36 pm

That's the thing about history. Places and dates are only a small part. It is the story behind the event that makes it interesting.


SCBrooke 23M
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4/12/2019 2:54 pm

    Quoting newboy69:
    That's the thing about history. Places and dates are only a small part. It is the story behind the event that makes it interesting.
I agree. Take the story out of "the time line" and focus on that singular event.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
28262 posts
4/12/2019 5:59 pm

    Quoting akl1234:
    Interesting Blog I enjoy history like this !!!
The press was much more courteous to the Presidents back then


OnDaFence 31M/39M
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4/12/2019 6:01 pm

    Quoting Stevie1954:
    FDR had a hideaway down here near Warm Springs, Ga. He bathed in a hot spring pool to relieve his polio aches and pains.
It was FDR's daughter who seen to it FDR & Mercer were together.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
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4/12/2019 6:03 pm

    Quoting newboy69:
    That's the thing about history. Places and dates are only a small part. It is the story behind the event that makes it interesting.
I am glad she got that much of the portrait finished before he died.


OnDaFence 31M/39M
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4/12/2019 6:05 pm

    Quoting SCBrooke:
    I agree. Take the story out of "the time line" and focus on that singular event.
Most of us know the broad spectrum of events... It's close in focus that makes it interesting.


SalvoAvonBuxton 25M
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4/13/2019 8:32 pm

I need to research this myself, but I have always been interested in the official portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies. The official one of President Roosevelt and Eleanor is really striking with the smaller portraits surrounding the main one of each. This is when I need Greg and his Gold membership to post a picture for me !!


OnDaFence 31M/39M
28262 posts
4/13/2019 8:48 pm

    Quoting SalvoAvonBuxton:
    I need to research this myself, but I have always been interested in the official portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies. The official one of President Roosevelt and Eleanor is really striking with the smaller portraits surrounding the main one of each. This is when I need Greg and his Gold membership to post a picture for me !!
There should be historical videos posted on UUUtube that you may watch covering this point of history.