Former White House Butler Who Served 11 Presidents Dies at 91 of COVID-19

Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, longtime White House butler who served 11 Presidents has died at the age of 91 after contracting the coronavirus. Wilson Roosevelt Jerman began working in the White House as a cleaner in 1957 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower and was promoted to butler by President John F. Kennedy.

According to Wilson Roosevelt Jerman‘s granddaughter Shanta Taylor Gay, his promotion was advocated by then-First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

“Jackie O actually promoted him to a butler because of the relationship,” Gay said. “She was instrumental in ensuring that that happened.”

Wilson Roosevelt Jerman briefly retired in 1997 but returned in 2003. He ultimately wrapped up his tenure in the White House under President Barack Obama where he held the position of maître d’. Former First Lady Michelle Obama told CNN,

“With his kindness and care, Wilson Jerman helped make the White House a home for decades of First Families, including ours,” adding, “His service to others — his willingness to go above and beyond for the country he loved and all those whose lives he touched — is a legacy worthy of his generous spirit. We were lucky to have known him. Barack and I send our sincerest love and prayers to his family.”

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