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)
Occupation Diplomat
Spouse(s) Helen Schermerhorn Astor
Elizabeth Riley
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 (FDR).

Early life[edit]

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


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

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 Schermerhorn (1830–1908). Roosevelt and Helen had two children:

After his first wife's death in 1893, Roosevelt married Elizabeth Riley in 1914.


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



  1. ^ http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=roosevelt&id=I123
  2. ^ Ware, Susan. "Hyde Park Bucolic" The New York Times (July 14, 1985). Review of Ward, Geoffrey C. Feore the Trumpet Young Franklin Roosevelt: 1882-1905 (New York: Harper & Row, 1985)
  3. ^ "Mrs. Theodore Robinson Dies | Navy Official's Widow Was 80". The New York Times. July 10, 1962. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 

Further reading

  • 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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