"Rufus Howard," Hotel Lafayette Doorman began his career at the Lafayette Hotel in 1911. He was born in Georgia, by 1910 he migrated north with his wife Nellie. Rufus Howard opened the Hotel Lafayette doors to countless distinguished visitors including Presidents, Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt. The last record of Rufus Howard as the Lafayette Hotel Doorman was forty-three years after his start date. He was still standing at his post in 1954. No retirement date was given.