James Roosevelt Roosevelt

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James Roosevelt Roosevelt
Rosey Roosevelt.jpg
Born April 27, 1854
Died May 7, 1927 (1927-05-08) (aged 73)
Hyde Park, New York
Other names Rosy
Occupation Diplomat
Spouse(s) Helen Schermerhorn Astor
(m. 1878; her death 1893)

Elizabeth Riley
(m. 1914; his death 1927)
Children Tadd Roosevelt
Helen Rebecca Roosevelt
Parent(s) James Roosevelt I
Rebecca Brien Howland
Relatives William Backhouse Astor Jr. (father-in-law)
Caroline Webster Schermerhorn Astor (mother-in-law)

James Roosevelt "Rosy" Roosevelt (April 27, 1854 – May 7, 1927) was an American heir, diplomat and the older half-brother of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.[1]

Early life[edit]

James Roosevelt Roosevelt was born on April 27, 1854.[2] He was the son of James Roosevelt I (1828–1900) and his first wife, Rebecca Brien Howland (1831–1876), who were second cousins.[3] He was described as "an aimless if charming member of New York society's sporting set."[4] When his father died in 1900, the estate was split between Rosy and FDR.[1]


Roosevelt served as Secretary of the United States Legation in Vienna and as Secretary of the Embassy in London.[1]

He was a trustee of the St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York and was a close friend of Cardinal Patrick Joseph Hayes. He donated more than $250,000 to St. Francis Hospital in New York and also to gave substantial funds to the parish of St. James Episcopal Church in Hyde Park.[1]

Personal life[edit]

On November 18, 1878, Rosy married Helen Schermerhorn Astor (1855–1893), the second daughter of businessman William Astor Jr. (1829–1892) and socialite Caroline Webster Schermerhorn (1830–1908).[5][6] Together, Roosevelt and Helen had two children:

After his first wife's death in 1893, Roosevelt married Elizabeth Riley on August 7, 1914.[1]

Roosevelt died on May 7, 1927. His second wife outlived him, and died in 1948.[1]


  • Black, Conrad Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom (2005)
  • Miller, Nathan Theodore Roosevelt: A Life (1992)
  • Moffat, R. Burnham The Barclays of New york: who they are and who they are not,-and some other Barclays (1904)

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