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Curtis Roosevelt (born Curtis Roosevelt Dall, briefly Boettiger, April 19, 1930) is the second eldest child of Anna Roosevelt and her first husband, Curtis Bean Dall. He is the eldest grandson of U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. He is the younger brother of Eleanor Roosevelt Seagraves. Curtis Roosevelt was often referred to as "Buzzie" in 1930s newspapers.
After his parents' divorce, his mother remarried journalist John Boettiger. At a much later point, he decided to be called Curtis Roosevelt Boettiger. When his mother was divorced from her second husband, Eleanor and Anna did not want Curtis to reassume the surname "Dall" so the senior Mrs. Roosevelt suggested he use his middle name as his last name.
Roosevelt served two years in the United States Army and obtained his masters degree from the School of Government and Public Law at Columbia University. Between 1956 and 1964, he worked for a number of schools and committees, including the National Citizens Commission for the Public Schools, the New School for Social Research, Columbia University, and the United States Committee for the United Nations. Beginning in 1964, Roosevelt held various positions in the international civil service of the Secretariat of the United Nations in New York City until 1983. Roosevelt served as principal at the Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England, where he received an honorary bachelors degree in theatre, music, and fine art. Roosevelt retired in 1987.
Roosevelt also became an occasional writer on American politics for El Mundo and Le Figaro newspapers in Spain and France. He lives in the south of France, where he regularly appears on French television.
Roosevelt married four times:
- Robin V. Edwards on May 23, 1950 – one child: Julianna E. Roosevelt, born March 15, 1952; one grandson, Nicholas Derby Roosevelt.
- Ruth W. Sublette on March 6, 1955
- Jeanette Schlottman on May 2, 1961
- Marina Roosevelt
- Roosevelt, Curtis. Too Close to the Sun: Growing Up in the Shadow of my Grandparents, Franklin and Eleanor. ISBN 1-58648-554-7
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt Suite Restoration Project
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt Suite Restoration Blog: Where the 19th Century Meets the 21st