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First ladies of decor

from The Financial Times

On Jan. 20 1961, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th president of the United States. Following his narrow election victory over Richard Nixon on Nov. 8, 1960, Kennedy's wife, Jacqueline, had begun to look at the White House, her new home, and she was frankly unimpressed with what she found. It seemed natural to her to turn to Sister Parish for help with the restoration and redecoration of the most iconic building in America. Others, however, were somewhat puzzled. The New York Times ran a headline proclaiming "Kennedys select nun to decorate White House." Soon, though, Sister's work on the White House had made her a household name across the United States. more


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