Cornelius Roosevelt

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For the Cornelius Roosevelt born in 1915, see Cornelius V.S. Roosevelt.
Cornelius Roosevelt
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Born Cornelius Van Schaack Roosevelt
January 30, 1794
New York City, U.S.
Died July 17, 1871 (aged 77)
Oyster Bay, New York
Education Columbia College
Occupation businessman
Employer Chemical Bank
Spouse(s) Margaret Barnhill
(m. 1821–1861; her death)
Children Silas, James, Cornelius Jr., Robert, Theodore, and William
Parent(s) James Jacobus Roosevelt
Maria Van Schaack
Relatives See Roosevelt family

Cornelius Van Schaack "C.V.S." Roosevelt (January 30, 1794 – July 17, 1871) was an American businessman from New York City and a member of the Roosevelt family. He was the grandfather of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.

Early life[edit]

Roosevelt was born in New York City, the son of Maria Helen (Van Schaack) and James Jacobus Roosevelt, and was the last full-blooded Dutch Roosevelt of his line.[1] Through his mother Roosevelt was a descendant of the Schuyler family through his great great grandmother Maria Schuyler.[2]

His brother James John Roosevelt (1795—1875) served as a New York Congressman. He attended Columbia College but academic life did not suit him, and he did not graduate.


After leaving college, he became his father's partner in importing hardware and plate glass. After his father's death, he inherited a large fortune, and was one of the five richest men in New York City.[3][4] He was one of the founders of the Chemical Bank of New York City, which later became Chase.[3]

Personal life[edit]

On October 9, 1821,[5] he married Margaret Barnhill (December 13, 1799 — January 23, 1861), a daughter of Robert Craig Barnhill and Elizabeth Potts.[6] Margaret was a descendant of English and Irish Quakers.[7] She was also a descendant of Thomas Pott of Wales through mother Elizabeth. C.V.S. and Margaret had six sons:

He died in Oyster Bay, New York on July 17, 1871.


  1. ^ Schriftgiesser, Karl (1942). The Amazing Roosevelt Family, 1613–1942. Wildred Funk, Inc. 
  2. ^ Genealogy of the Oyster Bay Roosevelts. Almanac of Theodore Roosevelt Accessed March 14, 2015
  3. ^ a b Meyers, Cornelius V. (1902). Theodore Roosevelt, Patriot and Statesman: The True Story of an Ideal American. P.W. Ziegler & Co. 
  4. ^ Hubert, Philip G. (1903). The Merchants' National Bank of the City of New York. 
  5. ^ "Cornelius Van Schaak Roosevelt/Margaret Barnhill". 
  6. ^ "Barnhill family". Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  7. ^ McCullough, David (2001). Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt. Simon and Schuster. 
  8. ^ "POTTS FAMILY SHORT STORY". Retrieved 22 October 2013. 

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