Former White House butler who served 11 presidents dies after contracting coronavirus

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WASHINGTON — The coronavirus has claimed the life of a former White House butler who served 11 presidents.

Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, 91, who started as a cleaner in the Eisenhower administration, died May 16.

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

Jerman served more than 50 years in the White House, starting 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 Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama is featured in Mrs. Obama’s memoir “Becoming.”

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

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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