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Welcoming the World to the President's House

Memoirs from the First Social Secretary

Isabella Hagner is considered the first official social secretary at the White House. She was hired by First Lady Edith Roosevelt in 1901 and she remained in the position throughout the Roosevelt Administration and into the Wilson Administration. Belle was an active participant in shaping enduring elements of White House entertaining, procedures, and protocol and she detailed it all in her memoir—a portion of which is published here.

Introduction to Isabella Hagner