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New museum exhibit honors Iowan who advised U.S. presidents

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HAMPTON (KWWL) -

Tuesday marks the birthday of an Iowan who served as an adviser for Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry Truman, and his hometown commemorated the date with a new exhibit in his honor.

The Franklin County Historical Society Museum in Hampton has a new exhibit honoring Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy.

Leahy was born in Hampton on May 6, 1875. Later in life, he reached the high ranks of the military. Over the span of his career, he was ambassador to France, the governor of Puerto Rico, the United States' first five-star commander and an adviser to two U.S. Presidents.

Tuesday the museum in Hampton dedicated a new exhibit, showcasing a 14-foot-long model of the U.S.S. Leahy guided missile cruiser and Leahy's uniform, awards, and his White House desk.

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