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Lulie Lyons Hall Swanson
Photographed when she was received at St. James Palace, London
     Lulie Lyons was the sister of Elizabeth Lyons, the first wife of Claude Swanson. Lulie married Cunningham Hall of Richmond who died around 1916. Lizzie died on July 13, 1920. Claude married Lulie on October 27, 1923. Lulie and Cunningham Hall had one son, Douglas Deane Hall who became Claude Swanson's step-son and heir.


Cabinet Picture Brightened
by Presence of Secretary of Navy's Blonde Virginian Wife

By Bess Furman, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON, Feb 27. - In a tall stone mansion in that quiet block of R Street where Franklin D. Roosevelt resided in Wilson's time, lives a blondely beautiful, diminutive Virginian who will grace his cabinet circle - Mrs. Claude A. Swanson.

With Roosevelt's first love, the navy, she will be closely connected as wife of its secretary. And hers is the roving spirit to savor fully all the romance that post will bring to her from far places.

She has lived in Tokyo, has seen Rome, Stockholm, Quebec, Paris. She knows New York and Hollywood. She has voyaged into the Artic as far as the ice barriers. Last year she spent six months at Geneva, Switzerland, where her husband was delegate to the disarmament conference.

Back to the earliest Virginia her lineage dates. She is directly descended from Capt. John West, governor of Virginia from 1635-36, and younger brother of Thomas West, Lord Delaware, first Virginia governor.......

...she was married first to Cunningham Hall of Richmond, and by that marriage had one son, Douglas, her close companion in 10 years of widowhood.

In October, 1923, she married to Senator Swanson, a widower, whose first wife had been her sister.

She has clung tenaciously to the Virginia tradition of a womanhood that may occupy the social foreground, but remains in the political background.

An exuberant vitality carries her through busy days of charity and club board meetings and social engagements. She is vice president of the Child Welfare Society and of the National Woman's Country Club....

Launching the U. S. S. Enterprise

As the wife of the Secretary of the Navy Mrs. Swanson took part in some official programs. In 1936 acting as the Enterprise's sponsor, she christened the aircraft carrier, U. S. S. Enterprise, at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. Click here for photo.

The Cunningham Hall's home in Wesmoreland

      Obiturary for Lulie Lyons Hall Swanson from N. Y. Times

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