Samuel M. Roosevelt

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Samuel M. Roosevelt
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Born Samuel Montgomery Roosevelt
February 20, 1857
Died August 19, 1920
Education Art Students League of New York
Spouse(s) Augusta Eccleston Shoemaker Boylston
(m. 1885)
Parent(s) Samuel Roosevelt
Mary Jane Horton
Awards Legion of Honour

Samuel Montgomery Roosevelt (February 20, 1857 – August 19, 1920) was an American artist and merchant from New York City.

Early life[edit]

He was the son of prominent businessman Samuel Roosevelt (1813–1878) and Mary Jane Horton (1823–1901).[1]

His paternal grandfather was Nicholas Roosevelt, an inventor involved with the steamboat. His first cousin was Henry Latrobe Roosevelt (1879–1936), the Assistant Secretary of the Navy under their distant cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt.[2]

He was educated at St. John's School in Ossining, New York and studied art at the Art Students League of New York and in Paris, and studied painting under Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant and Jean-Paul Laurens.[3][4]


A wine merchant by trade,[5] he was also an accomplished portrait artist, he is remembered for his portraits of his distant cousin Theodore Roosevelt, Oliver Belmont, Antonio de La Gandara, Hudson Maxim, Henry Shoemaker, and others.[4] His work was exhibited at the Paris Salon[6] and the National Academy of Design and in Philadelphia and Chicago.[5] He was President of the National Association of Portrait Painters from 1912 until his death. He was also New York City Commissioner of Schools.[4]

Roosevelt was also an active sportsman, skilled at fencing and interested in yachting.[7] He went to Colorado in 1878 on ranching and scouting expeditions with the ninth cavalry against the Ute Indians,[5] and was described as having been a "cowboy" for a period by a cousin upon his death.[4] He entertained frequently and gained notoriety for once serving a whole roasted baby lion to guests.[4] He was a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He married Augusta Eccleston Boylston (born Shoemaker) of Baltimore on May 5, 1885.[8] She was a daughter of Samuel Moor Shoemaker (1821–1884), a vice president and key figure in the Adams Express Company whose great-grandfather Samuel Shoemaker and great-great-grandfather Benjamin Shoemaker were mayors of Philadelphia.

In 1899, he bought a 25-room mansion on Skaneateles Lake in Skaneateles, New York (on land that his grandfather had sold, land that made up part of the town). Theodore Roosevelt visited in 1915, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt twice; Robert F. Kennedy considered buying the house when he was running for the U.S. Senate in 1964.[9]


  1. ^ Whittelsey, Charles Barney (1902). The Roosevelt Genealogy, 1649-1902. Press of J.B. Burr & Company. Retrieved 21 June 2017. 
  2. ^ Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York (1905). The Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York: History, Customs, Record of Events, Constitution, Certain Genealogies, and Other Matters of Interest. V. 1-. Retrieved 21 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Whittelsey, Charles B. (1902). The Roosevelt Genealogy, 1649-1902. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Saml. M. Roosevelt Drops Dead in Club". New York Times. 1920-08-20. p. 8. 
  5. ^ a b c Herringshaw, Thomas W. (1914). Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography. 
  6. ^ The portrait of La Gandara was exhibited in 1906 at La Nationale des Beaux-arts and met a great success. At this date tis work is not localized
  7. ^ "COLLISION IN THE SOUND.; Yacht of the President's Cousin Badly Damaged by the Fishing Steamer Falcon". The New York Times. 14 August 1903. Retrieved 15 February 2018. 
  8. ^ "An Accident and a Wedding". The New York Times. 6 May 1885. Retrieved 15 February 2018. 
  9. ^ Doherty, John (2005-08-16). "CNY Rewound: Presidential past". The Post-Standard. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 

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