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J B West

J. B. West (1912-1983), chief usher of the White House--or executive director of the executive mansion and grounds--was once called "the most powerful man in Washington next to the president." Discreet and witty, he supervised the large permanent staff that provided for every personal want and need for six presidents and first ladies, including at state dinners, weddings, and funerals, redecorating the facilities for each family and tending to every special request. He served first as assistant...See more