James Roosevelt I
|James Roosevelt I|
July 16, 1828|
Hyde Park, New York, U.S.
|Died||December 8, 1900
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Union College|
|Spouse(s)||Rebecca Brien Howland
(m. 1853–1876; her death)
Sara Ann Delano
(m. 1880–1900; his death)
|Children||James Roosevelt Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
|Parent(s)||Isaac Daniel Roosevelt
Mary Rebecca Aspinwall
Roosevelt was born on July 16, 1828 in Hyde Park, New York, He was the son of businessman Isaac Daniel Roosevelt (1790–1863) and Mary Rebecca Aspinwall (1809–1886). Isaac's parents were businessman and politician Jacobus Roosevelt III and Catherine Welles. His maternal grandparents were John Aspinwall and Susan Howland.
Roosevelt's business interests were primarily in coal and transportation. He was vice president of the Delaware and Hudson Railway and president of the Southern Railway Security Company.
Before his marriage, Roosevelt was considered an eligible bachelor: tall, slender, and wealthy, with considerable society connections. In 1853, he married his second cousin, Rebecca Brien Howland (1831–1876). They had one son, James Roosevelt "Rosey" Roosevelt (1854–1927), who married Helen Schermerhorn Astor (1855–1893).
Four years after Rebecca's death, he met a sixth cousin named Sara Ann Delano (1854–1941) at a party celebrating graduation of his distant cousin Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (1858–1919) from Harvard University. James and Sara were married on October 7, 1880, and became the parents of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882–1945), who married Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962). James reportedly was a good father to Franklin, but his recurring heart problems eventually made him an invalid. Franklin reacted by becoming fiercely protective of his father.
James died twenty years after he married Sara and left the bulk of his estate to her, and a modest inheritance to Franklin. He is buried at the churchyard at St. James Episcopal Church in Hyde Park; his grave is flanked by those of his wives.
In popular culture
In 1927 Franklin and Sara Roosevelt donated money to the town of Hyde Park for the construction of a new library, named after James, and still in use today.
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