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  • Title Letter and enclosures from Robert G. Heltibridle 
    Short Title Letter and enclosures from Robert G. Heltibridle 
    Author Robert G. Heltibridle 
    Publisher May 3, 1979, Department of the Treasury, United States Secret Service, Office of the Chief, Uniformed Division, Washington, D. C., 20233 
    DATE 12 Oct 2005 
    MEDI Letter 
    Source ID S345 
    Text OFFICE 0F THE CHIEF
    DEPARTMENT 0F THE TREASURY UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE
    UNIFORMED DIVISION
    WASHINGTON, D.C. 20223

    May 3, 1979

    Mr. Paul F. Kelly
    Crickhollow
    663 Pleasant Plains Road
    Millington, New Jersey 07946


    Dear Mr. Kelly:

    In reference to your inquiry regarding your Grandfather, Frank B. Kelly, I regret to say that our old Service records
    have long since been destroyed. I have researched our files for any references to Frank B. Kelly and found the following
    information.
    Frank Bernard Kelly was appointed to the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia on July 3, 1891.
    There is no information in our files regarding his service with the Metropolitan Police Department. We do know that he
    was detailed to the White House as part of the Metropolitan Police Department on September 29, 1905. He continued to
    serve on this detail until the creation of the White House Police force as a separate police force on October 1, 1922.
    Information concerning Mr. Kelly's tenure with the Metropolitan Police Department can be secured by contacting the
    Administrative Records Section of the Metropolitan Police Department at 300 Indiana Avenue, N. W., Washington, D. C.
    20001.
    Private Frank B. Kelly was one of the original thirty-three (33) men who comprised the newly created White House
    Police. Private Kelly was assigned to the Executive Offices (West Wing of the White House). He remained in the same
    assignment until his retirement on April 30, 1931.
    There is no record of when Private Kelly may have met the thirteen (13) Presidents mentioned in the article attached to
    your letter. We do know that he served under the following Presidents.
    Theodore J. Roosevelt 1905-1909 «tab»
    William H. Taft 1909-1913
    T. Woodrow Wilson 1913-1921
    Warren G. Harding 1921-1923
    J. Calvin Coolidge 1923-1929
    Herbert C. Hoover 1929-1931

    It would be safe to assume, considering his past assignment, that he met those Presidents he served on numerous occasions.
    Arrest records are not available dating back to the time of your Grandfather 's service.

    In the hope that they may be of interest to you, I have included the following bits of information.

    1. A xerox copy of the "record of Private Frank B. Kelly."

    2. A brief history of the origin of the White House Police that includes a copy of the original White House Police
    roster and a reference to Private Kelly's retirement.
    3. An excerpt from a paper by I. Connole, retired White House police, which contains some interesting historical
    insights to the Presidency during the years your Grandfather served on the force. This also includes a biblioaphy of
    reference materail related to that era.
    4. A picture of West Executive Avenue going north. The White House is on the right. The portion of the White House
    seen is where the Presidential Offices were located.

    5. An article which appeared in the Seattle, Washington, police journal in May 1925. The article concerns the White
    House Police and includes a photograph of most of the members of the force at that time. Private Kelly is likely one
    of those pictured.

    6. A photograph of the various police badges worn by members of the force through the years. The badge depicted as
    "current" was discontinued in 1970. There have been two (2) additional badges since that time not including a special
    Bicentennial Badge worn by the force during 1976.

    7. A photograph of the current uniforn of the force. Colors are black and gold.

    8. A booklet entitled "Excerpts from the History of the United States Secret Service 1865-1975." Our force is part of
    the Secret Service (see page 37).

    I hope this information will be of interest to you.

    Sincerely,
    Robert G. Heltibridle
    Deputy Chief
    United States Secret Service
    Uniformed Division

    RGH: tlt
    Enclosures 
    Linked to Frank Bernard Kelly 

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    Letter from Robert G. Heltibridle
    Letter from Robert G. Heltibridle
    This is page one of a letter from Robert G. Heltibridle, Deputy Chief, United States Secret Service, Uniformed Division. It was written in response to my inquiry (1979) with regard to Frank B. Kelly.
    Letter from Robert G. Heltibridle
    Letter from Robert G. Heltibridle
    This is page two of a letter from Robert G. Heltibridle, Deputy Chief, United States Secret Service, Uniformed Division. It was written in response to my inquiry (1979) with regard to Frank B. Kelly.
    Record of Frank B. Kelly, White House Police force
    Record of Frank B. Kelly, White House Police force
    This is a copy of Frank B. Kelly's "record". It was the first enclosure included with the letter from Robert G. Heltibridle, dated may 3, 1979.
    History  of the  White House Police force
    History of the White House Police force
    Enclosure no. 2, page 1 of letter from Robert G. Heltibridle. This page describes the beginnings of the White House police detail and the creation of the special White House Police force.
    History of the  White House Police force
    History of the White House Police force
    Enclosure no. 2, page 2 of letter from Robert G. Heltibridle. This page lists "F. B. Kelly, MPDC" (Frank Bernard Kelly, appointed from Metropolitan Police Department)
    History of the White House Police force
    History of the White House Police force
    Enclosure no. 2, page 3 of letter from Robert G. Heltibridle. This page lists "Kelly, F. B. - Apr. 30, 1931" as the date of his retirement.
    Excerpt from a paper by I. Connole, retired White House Police
    Excerpt from a paper by I. Connole, retired White House Police
    Title page of enclosure no. 3 of letter from Robert G. Heltibridle.
    I think "I. Connole" is the same person mentioned as "Connole, Officer White House Police " on a web page dedicated to Harry S. Truman's White House Staff.
    http://www.trumanlibrary.org/hstpaper/trustaf.htm
    Excerpt from a paper by I. Connole, retired White House Police
    Excerpt from a paper by I. Connole, retired White House Police
    Page 2 of enclosure no. 3 of letter from Robert G. Heltibridle.
    Clarence L. Dalrymple, at the White House
    Clarence L. Dalrymple, at the White House
    Source:
    The Library of Congress >> Prints & Photographs Division >> Prints & Photographs Online Catalog
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    TITLE: C.L. Dalrumple, 2/18/30
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    CREATED/PUBLISHED: [1930, February 18]
    NOTES:
    Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negatives or negative sleeves.
    Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947.
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