Comes to Dine
AS THEY GREW BETTER ACQUAINTED, William Turner
Levy sought to reciprocate Eleanor Roosevelt’s hospitality. He
invited her to dine with his parents and himself at their home
in Riverdale, the Bronx, New York.
William Turner Levy’s father, Jacob Levy, was a self-made
man who rose from humble origins to become president of
a well-known second-generation firm of New York stevedores,
M. P. Smith and Sons, and was comfortably retired. Jacob Levy
and Florence Agnes Turner, also a New Yorker, had married
when they were in their thirties. William Turner Levy was
their adopted son.
AFTER BEING MRS. ROOSEVELT’S GUEST on at least four occasions, I invited Mrs. Roosevelt for dinner at my home. I felt that to be in awe and not do so would be to do less for Mrs. Roosevelt than I would for any other new friend. She replied with her usual promptness: “I’d love to come. Do have your mother write to me.”