Anne Williams Wheaton

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Anne Williams Wheaton (d. 25 March 1977[1]) was an American publicist.

She was born in Utica, New York and attended Simmons College (Massachusetts) in Boston, Massachusetts. After her graduation in 1912, Wheaton went to work for the Albany Knickerbocker Press where she copied recipes.[2] She continued in their employ until 1921.

From 1924 to 1939, Wheaton was public relations director for several national women's organizations. She also served as director of the League of Women Voters for six years.

From 1939 to 1957, Wheaton served as assistant to the director of Publicity for the Republican National Committee. In 1940, 1944, 1948, and 1952, she served as publiciy representative for the wives of Republican presidential candidates. In 1952, she served as press representative for Mamie Eisenhower.

On May 2, 1957, in President Dwight D. Eisenhower's office, Wheaton was sworn in as Associate Press Secretary at the White House.[3] She was the first woman to hold that post.[4] Following Eisenhower's November 1957 stroke, Wheaton was left to speak to the press without much knowledge of the president's medical condition.[5]


  1. ^ "ANNE W. WHEATON, 68, AN EISENHOWER AIDE; Named Associate Press Secretary in 1957 After Reporting Career". New York Times. March 25, 1977. (subscription required)
  2. ^ (Retrieved February 26, 2009)[dead link]
  3. ^ Federal Records Division, National Archives and Records Administration (1957–1958). United States Government Organization Manual, 1957 – 1958. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office. p. 58. 
  4. ^ "Annie Under the Gun". Time. November 18, 1957. Retrieved February 26, 2009. (subscription required)
  5. ^ "Up from the Bungle". Time. December 9, 1957. Retrieved February 26, 2009. (subscription required)

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