Curtis Bean Dall

Curtis Bean Dall was born in New York City, the son of Charles and Mary Dall, and grew up on a farm in Piscataway, New Jersey. He attended Princeton University,[1] and became a stockbroker.[2] He married Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, daughter of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, in 1926. Since Dall was prominent in Wall Street circles, his relationship with his in-laws was tense, but he wrote that he always got along well with FDR.[2] The Dalls had two children—Anna Roosevelt Dall ("Sistie", born 1927) and Curtis Roosevelt Dall ("Buzzie", born 1930). Curtis and Anna Roosevelt Dall were divorced in July 1934.[3]

In World War I, Dall was commissioned an ensign in naval aviation and served in France, witnessing President Woodrow Wilson's arrival in Brest. In World War II, Colonel Dall served stateside in Army Air Forces staff positions.[4] Although initially attempting to be loyal to the Roosevelt White House, irreconcilable philosophical and temperamental differences soon became apparent. By the time FDR became president, Anna already wanted to end the marriage, but due to image concerns agreed to allow brother Elliott Roosevelt to get "the first White House divorce" in 1933.[5]Afterwards Dall was allowed limited contact with the Roosevelt family and Anna's two children with him.[6] After the war, Dall moved to Texas and gradually became involved with right-wing fringe elements.

Curtis Dall is most well known in recent times for his book My Exploited Father-in-law, in which he speaks of his ex-father-in-law, and his relationship with, as he saw them, the corrupt power of the banking elite of the time. In reference to the Great Depression of the 1930s he states: "Actually it was the calculated 'shearing' of the public by the World Money-Powers, triggered by the planned sudden shortage of the supply of call money in the New York money market."

(Taken from Wikipedia)

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