Fleming and FDR

Helped President Roosevelt with America’s Intelligence Efforts


US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill in 1941


Part of Fleming’s work with Godfrey required him to visit other countries and assist in foreign affairs. Fleming accompanied Godfrey on one such visit to the United States in May 1941. There, Godfrey met with several of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s trusted intelligence experts, including William Joseph “Wild Bill” Donovan.

The men who met there assisted in writing a blueprint for President Roosevelt that would turn into the Office of the Coordinator of Information. A year later, Roosevelt split the OCI into two agencies: The Office of Strategic Services (which would later become the Central Intelligence Agency) and The Office of War Information (which was a predecessor of the United States Information Agency).

-Written by Caroline Liddick