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Selwa Roosevelt

Selwa Roosevelt was a Lebanese American politician. 

She was born on January 13, 1929, in Kingsport, Tennessee, and is of Lebanese descent. Selwa served as the chief of protocol of the United States. She is the longest serving holder of that position, having been in it from 1982 to 1989

Before her rise to fame, Selwa received her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College.    

Throughout her career, Selwa received the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the Department of the Army, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Women’s National Republican Club of New York, and the Betty Ford Lifetime Achievement Award from the Susan Komen Foundation — due to her work on breast cancer. She was also made a Grand Official of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy.


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