Former White House butler who served 11 presidents dies at 91

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WASHINGTON – The coronavirus has claimed the life of a former White House butler who served eleven presidents.

91-year old Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, who started as a cleaner in the Eisenhower administration, passed away May 16th.

His granddaughter Shanta Taylor Gay told CNN he always believed he lived a blessed life.

Jerman served more than 50 years in the White House.

He began working in the White House in 1957 under then-president Dwight D. Eisenhower as a cleaner, but it was First Lady Jackie Kennedy who later promoted him to a butler.

A photo of Jerman with former president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama is featured in Mrs. Obama’s memoir “Becoming.”

When Jerman suffered a stroke in 2011, the Obamas made sure he was taken care of in the hospital and sent him flowers. He retired in 2012.

Former White House butler Wilson Roosevelt Jerman with then-President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Courtesy Shanta Taylor Gay
Former White House butler Wilson Roosevelt Jerman with then-President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
Courtesy Shanta Taylor Gay

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