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White House Butler Wilson Jerman Who Served 11 US Presidents Succumbs To Covid Aged 91

Former White House butler Wilson Roosevelt Jerman who served 11 US presidents up to Barack Obama has succumbed to the deadly Coronavirus at the age of 91

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Former White House butler Wilson Roosevelt Jerman who served 11 US Presidents has succumbed to the deadly Coronavirus at the age of 91. Jerman, who was one of the White House's longest-serving employees, had served the US Presidents from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Barack Obama. 

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Jerman got his first job in the White House in 1957 when he started as a cleaner. He was promoted to butler while President John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963) was in office. President Kennedy's wife and then First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis promoted him.

He went on to serve as a butler for nine more presidents, forming particularly close relationships with President George H.W. Bush (1924 – 2018) and his family, which continued when President George W. Bush followed in his father’s footsteps.

After working full-time in the White House since 1957, Jerman moved to part-time status in 2003, continuing there until his retirement in 2012. First Lady Michelle Obama included a photo of Jerman in her 2018 memoir, “Becoming.”

Upon his retirement in 2012, former President Barack Obama honoured him with a series of plaques, one that represented each of the presidents he had served.

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