Isaac Roosevelt (businessman)

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Isaac Roosevelt
Born Isaac Daniel Roosevelt
September 29, 1790
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died December 24, 1863 (aged 73)
Hyde Park, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s) Mary Rebecca Aspinwall
(m. 1825–1863; his death)
Children James Roosevelt I
John Aspinwall Roosevelt
Parent(s) James Roosevelt
Maria Eliza Walton
Relatives See Roosevelt family
Isaac Roosevelt House in Hyde Park
Roosevelt Cottage

Isaac Daniel Roosevelt (September 29, 1790 – December 24, 1863) was an American businessperson, and the paternal grandfather of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Early life[edit]

Isaac Daniel Roosevelt was born on September 29, 1790 in New York City to James Roosevelt (1760–1847) and Maria Eliza Walton (1769-1810),[1] the daughter of Admiral Gerard Walton (d. 1821) and a descendant of Wilhelmus Beekman, who was the treasurer of the Dutch West India Company, Mayor of New York City,[2][3] Governor of Delaware from 1653 to 1664, and Governor of Pennsylvania from 1658 to 1663.[4][5]

His paternal grandparents were Isaac Roosevelt (1726–1794), a New York State Assemblyman and the New York State Constitutional Convention, and Cornelia Hoffman. He was the 3x-great-grandson of the first Roosevelt in America, Claes Maartenszen Van Rosenvelt (d. 1659).[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 1825, he married Mary Rebecca Aspinwall (1809–1886), daughter of John Aspinwall (1779–1847) and Susan Howland (1779–1852). They had two sons:[6]

  • James Roosevelt I (1828–1900), who first married Rebecca Brien Howland (1831—1876). After her death, he married Sara Ann Delano (1854–1941)
  • John Aspinwall Roosevelt (1840–1909), who married Ellen M. Crosby (1837—1928), daughter of William Henry Crosby, on June 6, 1866.[6]

He died on December 24, 1863, at the age of 73 in Hyde Park, New York.[7]


Main article: Roosevelt family

His eldest son, James Roosevelt I, was the father of diplomat James Roosevelt Roosevelt (1854–1927), with Howland, and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882– 1945), with Delano. Younger son, John Aspinwall, was the father of tennis players Grace Walton Roosevelt (1867–1945) and Ellen Crosby Roosevelt (1868–1954).[6]


Roosevelt's house at the center of his Rosedale estate, is known today as the Isaac Roosevelt House and still stands on Riverview Circle in Hyde Park. The home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993, along with a cottage and boathouse on the Hudson River nearby.[8]


  1. ^ "Roosevelt Genealogy". Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Acrelius, Israel; Collin, Nicholas (1841). "New Sweden, or The Swedish Settlements on the Delaware". Collections of the New York Historical Society. 2. 1: 421. 
  3. ^ Van Rensselaer, Mrs. Schuyler (1909). History of the City of New York in the Seventeenth Century. Vol 2. New York: Macmillan Company. pp. 247, 269. 
  4. ^ Bernstorf, Mrs. Philip W. (2003). Directory of the Hereditary Order of Colonial Governors Prior to 4 July 1776. Hereditary Order of Descendants of Colonial Governors. p. 24. 
  5. ^ Charles, Michael Harrison (2006). List of the Colonial Governors Prior to 4 July 1776. Hereditary Order of Descendants of Colonial Governors. p. 30. 
  6. ^ a b c d Whittelsey, Charles Barney (1902). The Roosevelt Genealogy, 1649-1902. Hartford, Connecticut: Press of J.B. Burr & Company. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "DIED.". The New York Times. 24 October 1863. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  8. ^ Bonafide, John (January 1993). "National Register of Historic Places nomination, Isaac Roosevelt House". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved May 18, 2009. 

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