She had a fantastic desire for historical knowledge, and she was a sponge once she learned it. She caught every nuance. And she wanted to know American history not just for herself, but for her husband. They were almost competitive in the knowledge they consumed; very much like Henry and Clare Luce, in trying to one-up the other on historical facts and so forth, and I think on many points, well, he almost acquiesced that she knew more about history than he did.
— Letitia Baldridge, friend