Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Truman's Personal Routines

December 9, 1947

Dear Bob:

      Your letter of December second, addressed to the President, has come to me for reply.

      As I am sure you will understand, the President is heavily burdened with the tasks of his office these days and it would be physically impossible for him to attempt to reply to all the requests of a similar nature that are received. I am glad to give you such information as I can in answer to your inquiry.

      The President arises quite early, usually around 6:00 A.M. He goes to his office about 8:30 A.M. and works on correspondence until about 9:00, when he confers with his secretaries. Around 10:00 A.M. he begins receiving those for whom appointments have been made. These vary in number but usually take up most of the time until 1:00 P.M., when he goes to lunch.

      The President returns to his office in the afternoon and works on mail, correspondence and other official business, and occasionally confers with government officials or members of his staff. Sometimes, late in the afternoon, he takes a swim in the White House pool. He has dinner with members of his family about 7:00 P.M. and spends most of the evening going over official documents or reading. Whenever he can, the President takes a short walk before breakfast in the morning or in the late afternoon or early evening.

      This, of course, is not a hard and fast schedule and is subject to change from day to day as developments require. It is as complete as it is possible to give it and I trust provides you with the information you wanted.

      Sincerely yours,
      Secretary to the President

Bob Durbin, 2220 Coles Avenue, Scotch Plains, New Jersey.