Former White House Butler who served 11 Presidents dies due to coronavirus

WION Web Team Washington, United States May 22, 2020, 10.51 AM(IST)

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The long-serving employee began working in the White House in 1957 under then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower as a cleaner.

Former White House butler, Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, who had served 11 US Presidents, has died after contracting the deadly coronavirus.

His death was confirmed by his granddaughter, Shanta Taylor Gay. She said in an interview that, ''he was authentic. He was a quiet but stern man. Very giving, never fussed or complained. Always said he lived a blessed life.

Gay said the family is "taking it day by day" in light of her grandfather's death.

Wilson Roosevelt Jerman
Wilson Roosevelt Jerman

The long-serving employee began working in the White House in 1957 under then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower as a cleaner. He was promoted to butler under former President John F. Kennedy.

Jerman initially retired from the White House in 1997 but went back to the White House in 2003.

Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush said he was one of the reasons the White House felt like home.

Wilson Roosevelt Jerman

Former White House butler Wilson Roosevelt Jerman with ex-President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush.

He left the White House in 2012 as maître d' under then-President Barack Obama.

A photo of Jerman standing in an elevator with Barack Obama and Michelle Obama was included in the former first lady's memoir, "Becoming."

Paying tribute after his death, she said her family was "lucky to have known him".

Former first lady Hillary Clinton tweeted that she and former President Bill Clinton are saddened by his death.

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