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Marvin Hunter McIntyre died 1943

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Marvin Hunter McIntyre died 1943

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Marvin Hunter McIntyre, 65, a former resident of Shelby County, and one of President Roosevelt's closest friends and a member of the White House secretariat since 1932, died Monday in Washington.

Mr. McIntyre was a son of the late Rev. T. J. McIntyre and Margaret Hunter Poynter McIntyre and a nephew of Dr. W. T. Poynter, Shelbyville. He was born at LaGrange and came to Simpsonville with his parents when a child. His boyhood days were spent at Simpsonville where his father was pastor of the Methodist church for a number of years.

Besides his wife, Mrs. Gertrude Kennedy McIntyre, he is survived by a son, Lieut. Kennedy McIntyre, U.S.N.R, Washington; and a daughter, Mrs. Fred Warren, California; a sister, Mrs. David Bell, Shelby County; three nieces, Mrs. Fulton Smith, Simpsonville, Mrs. Eugene Burt, Boston, Mrs. Carl Garner, Calif., and three newphews, Henry Bell, Shelbyville, Frank Goodknight, Dearborn, Mich., and Clay Goodknight, Louisville, and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning at the grave in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.

McIntyre's service with the President dated back to the last war.

If ever a man fitted the description of "close to the President" it was McIntyre. His close contact with the President went back to 1920 when Roosevelt was the Democratic nominee for Vice President.

When Roosevelt received the presidential nomination in 1932 he called on McIntyre to help and when the President first moved to the White House, McIntyre became assistant secretary to the Chief Executive and was made full secretary in 1937.

He received his schooling at the Wall and Mooney Preparatory school at Franklin, Tenn., and at Vanderbilt University.

McIntyre went to Washington in 1909 to become the editor of the old Washington Times. In 1917 he joined George Creel's Committee on Public Information. His war job actually was as publicity director for the Navy. In this Navy connection McIntyre first met Roosevelt, then assistant Secretary of Navy.

After the war and the Democratic defeat in 1920, he remained in Washington, contributing articles to Army and Navy Journals later becoming representative of the Pathe News Reel Company. He stayed in the motion picture business until 1931, when the Roosevelt-for-President drive began to gather momentum and the President then Governor of New York, called McIntyre to Albany to start plans for the campaign.

When the President was inaugurated on March 4, 1933, he made McIntyre an assistant secretary in charge of appointments. In addition to these duties McIntyre served as traveling secretary.

(Source: The Shelby Sentinel, Shelbyville, Ky., Friday, Dec. 17, 1943)

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