Young Typist Denied White House Job in 1945 Because of Antiwar Support

Steve Neavling

A 26-year-old typist for the Treasury Department was denied a work pass for the White House in 1945 but she never knew why.

Turns out, the Secret Service reported that Frances Levy may be a communist, according to a four-page report from an archivist, the Washington Post reports.

Levy’s family said she was never interested in politics, let alone communism. 

“You’re kidding!” one of her daughters, Phyllis Billmeyer, 58, of Rifle, Colo., said upon hearing the news. “If you knew my mom, she was the kindest, gentlest person who walked on the Earth.”

The evidence? The Secret Service found she was on the mailing list for an antiwar group that some said was inspired by communism, the Washington Post reported.

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