Mary Sennholz

Mary Sennholz (1913-2017)

Mrs. Sennholz graduated from the Altoona School of Commerce in 1932. She worked as executive secretary and court reporter for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. A few days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, she was offered a position in Washington, D.C., in the executive office of the President, where she managed a pool of secretaries, working with U.S. senators, congressmen, and high officials in the government. She served under two presidents, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman.

Soon after the war, she joined Adlai Stevenson’s committee of American officials in London, England, preparing a way for a new world organization, the United Nations. She resigned her government position in 1947 and joined a “think tank,” the Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York. From that day forward, she was a staunch…

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