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Curtis Bean Dall (24 October 1896 - 28 June 1991) was a stockbroker, vice-Presidential candidate, American author, and the first husband of Anna E. Roosevelt. ==Biography== ''The original 1967 edition of F.D.R. My Exploited Father-in-Law, with it's page-numbering will be used as reference.'' ===Early Life=== Curtis Bean Dall was born 24 Oct 1896 in Manhattan[A], New York City, [[New York]], the son of Charles Austen Dall and his wife Mary Bean. The family lived in 1900 in Montclair, Essex County, [[New Jersey]], but by 1910 they lived on a farm in Piscataway, Middlesex County, [[New Jersey]].[B] His uncle Cornelius "Neely" Agnew of the Farmer's Loan and Trust Company having been a member of Princeton's Class of 1891, influenced him to go there as well. (''F.D.R.'', p. 15) He attended Princeton University[A], and later served in the Navy during World War I, in England and in France. (''F.D.R.'', p. 12) He was stationed as an ensign at Guipavas, and was present as one of the many spectators in Dec 1918, when then-president Woodrow Wilson arrived in Brest for the Peace Conference. (''F.D.R.'', p. 13-14) In 1926 he was working for the banking firm Lehman Brothers, organizing a department "...which involved the wholesaling of new stock and bond issues...." Dall met his future first wife Anna in Dec. 1925 at a dinner party, given by Mr. and Mrs. Walter Douglas in their home on Fifth Avenue, New York for their two daughters Elizabeth and "Kay". Anna's parents [[Franklin Delano Roosevelt]] and his wife [[Eleanor Roosevelt]], would several years later become the 32nd U.S. president and the first lady. At the time however, F.D.R. was Vice-President of the Fidelity and Deposit Company of Baltimore. After Anna briefly attended Cornell University, and after their three-month engagement (''F.D.R.'', p. 11) they were married, each for the first time, in Hyde Park, [[New York]], on 25 June 1926. Kay Douglas was the maid-of-honor. Dall was on the floor on Black Tuesday, the day of the 1929 Stock Market crash. In reference to the Great Depression of the 1930s he states (in his 1967 book): "Actually it was the calculated ‘shearing’ of the public by the World Money-Powers, triggered by the planned sudden shortage of the supply of call money in the New York money market." ===Middle Life=== Curtis and Anna had two children: Anna Eleanor Roosevelt on 25 March 1927, and Curtis Roosevelt on 19 April 1930. "Mrs. Dall was divorced from her first husband, Curtis B. Dall, July 30, at Minden, [[Nevada|Nev]]." (Syracuse Herald, Jan 18, 1935, p 11) Six months after her divorce, on January 18, 1935, she married journalist John Boettiger. After his death on 31 October 1950, she married thirdly on 11 November 1952 at Malibu, [[California]], as his second wife, to James Addison Halsted. Meanwhile, Curtis married secondly to Katharine Miller Leas in 1938, they had four surviving children: Katharine, Mary, Stephen and James. Dall was elected Governor of the Associates of Stock Exchange Firm in 1932. In the 1930's "...he helped to organize what later became the Tennessee Gas and Transmission Company of Houston, one of the largest corporations in the country. But he sold his interest before the company's real growth began." (see Curtis' obituary). He served in the army Air Force from 1940 until the close of World War II. In the 1940's, he became active in politics, campaigning "...for Strom Thurmond, who was the Presidential nominee of the conservative States' Rights Party".(see Curtis' Obituary) ===Later Life=== Dall became involved with the "...racist Right's ill-fated efforts at forming a third party...". In 1960 the Texas-based Constitution Party put-up retired Marine Corps Brigadier General Merritt B. Curtis for president, and campaign manager Curtis B. Dall for vice-president. In the 1960s Curtis, an ardent conservative, was a member of the Christian Crusade National Advisory Board, and a member of the Executive Board of "We The People". In 1966/7 he wrote the book for which he is most cited today, ''[[F.D.R. My Exploited Father-In-Law]]'', in which he speaks of his ex-father-in-law, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Franklin's relationship with, as Curtis saw them, the corrupt power of the banking elite of the time. In 1968, his name was filed for the Presidential primaries in New Hampshire. In 1971, he was Chairman of the Liberty Lobby He retired as chairman in 1982. He died at the Hospice of Northern Virginia in Arlington, [[Virginia]] on 28 Jun 1991, aged 95. His obituary states that he lived in Alexandria,[A} but the Social Security Death Index states that he had last been a resident of Beaufort, Beaufort County, [[South Carolina]] [C] which is where one of his daughters, Katherine lived. He left to survive him, his second wife Katharine; Eleanor Seagraves of Washington and Curtis Roosevelt Dall of Majorca, Spain, both from his first marriage; and from his second marriage, Katharine Bolton of Beaufort, S.C., Mary Dunham of Newport, R.I., Stephen of Devon, Pa., and James of Portland, Ore. in addition to 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson. ==Works== *Dall, Curtis B. (1983, reprint of 1970 rev. ed.). My Exploited Father-in-Law. Torrance, California: Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Incorpora. ISBN 0-939484-03-X. (Original edition "F.D.R. My Exploited Father-In-Law", 1967 by Christian Crusade Publications, Tulsa, Oklahoma.) *Dall, Curtis B. (1972). Amerikas Kriegspolitik - Roosevelt und seine Hintermänner. Tübingen, Germany: Grabert-Verlag. ISBN 3-87847-026-6. ==Further reading== *The Franklin D Roosevelt Library at NARA has recently "...received correspondence between Curtis B. Dall, Anna Roosevelt's first husband, and the Roosevelt family, donated by his daughter Mary Dall Twichell...." *The New York State Archives has 34 linear feet of the Anna Roosevelt papers. ==Notes== * A — [http://scplweb.santacruzpl.org:2249/pqdweb?index=264&did=112922799&SrchMode=1&sid=1&Fmt=10&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=HNP&TS=1193206954&clientId=54310 Obituary, "Curtis B. Dall, Wed to F.D.R. Daughter In 20's Is Dead at 95"] in the ''The New York Times'', 2 Jul 1991, pg D18 * B — Census Entries: **[http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&db=1900usfedcen%2c&rank=0&tips=0&gsfn=Curtis&gsln=Dall&sx=&gs1co=1%2cAll+Countries&gs1pl=1%2c+&year=&yearend=&sbo=0&sbor=&ufr=0&wp=4%3b_80000002%3b_80000003&srchb=r&prox=1&ti=0&ti.si=0&gss=angs-d&o_iid=21416&o_lid=21416&fh=0&recid=40228365&recoff=1+3 1900 of Montclair, Essex County, New Jersey] showing : "Charles A Dall 36 MD telephone [something]; Mary B 29 AZ; Curtis B 3 NY; Mary A 1 NJ; Mary MURPHY 44 servant Ireland; May MOORE 41 servant Scotland; Louise MOORE 14 servant NY" **[http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&db=1910USCenIndex%2c&rank=0&tips=0&gsfn=Curtis&gsln=Dall&sx=&gs1co=1%2cAll+Countries&gs1pl=1%2c+&year=&yearend=&sbo=0&sbor=&ufr=0&wp=4%3b_80000002%3b_80000003&srchb=r&prox=1&ti=0&ti.si=0&gss=angs-d&o_iid=21416&o_lid=21416&fh=0&recid=47928205&recoff=1+3 1910 Census of Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey] showing : "Charles A Dall 42, Head, MD/MA/KY; Mary B Dall 36, Wife, AZ/ME/TN; Curtis B 14; Mary A 12; Clarence B BREECE 24, NJ, Help; Winthrop H MANGE 60, NJ, Help; Ellen KUZMA 16, Austria, Help" # [http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN0595236995&id=584-3unXLocC&pg=PA217&lpg=PA217&dq=%22Curtis+B+Dall%22&sig=T7_KKgbIZvW9mZ8zlJdyeEoeoHA Richardson, Darcy G., A Nation Divided: The 1968 Presidential Campaign, p. 217] # Diamond, Sara. Roads to Dominion: Right-Wing Movements and Political Power in the United States, p 87 # [http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN0595236995&id=584-3unXLocC&pg=PA217&lpg=PA217&dq=%22Curtis+B+Dall%22&sig=T7_KKgbIZvW9mZ8zlJdyeEoeoHA Richardson, Darcy G., A Nation Divided: The 1968 Presidential Campaign, p. 217] # http://www.archives.gov/research/accessions/ # http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/researchroom/rr_health_mh_recguide.shtml ==Primary documents== *Syracuse Herald, Jul 6, 1936. Picture of Curtis B Dall with his two children *Syracuse Herald Journal, Feb 2, 1968. Picture. Name filed for New Hampshire Presidential primary ==Secondary Sources== *[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtis_Bean_Dall "Curtis Bean Dall"] on Wikipedia *[http://www.nps.gov/archive/elro/glossary/halstead-anna.htm "Anna Eleanor Roosevelt"], Biography on National Park Service website *[http://trees.ancestry.com/owt/person.aspx?pid=15807542 "Curtis Bean Dall"] on OneWorldTree at Ancestry.com
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