Susan Roosevelt Weld

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Susan Roosevelt Weld
First Lady of Massachusetts
In role
January 3, 1991 – July 29, 1997
GovernorBill Weld
Preceded byKitty Dukakis
Succeeded byJan Cellucci
Personal details
Susan Roosevelt
(m. 1975; div. 2002)
ParentsQuentin Roosevelt II
Frances Blanche Webb
RelativesAnna Curtenius Roosevelt (sister)
Theodore Roosevelt (great-grandfather)
See Roosevelt family
EducationHarvard University (BA, JD, PhD)
OccupationLawyer, academic, politician

Susan Roosevelt Weld is a former professor at Harvard specializing in ancient Chinese civilization and law. She also was General Counsel to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. She was the First Lady of Massachusetts from 1991 until 1997.


Weld is currently an Adjunct Professor and Executive Director of the Law Asia Leadership program at Georgetown University Law School.[1] She serves on the Advisory Council of the US-China Education Trust.[2]

Personal life and ancestry[edit]

She is the daughter of Quentin Roosevelt II, and Frances Blanche Webb,[3] and granddaughter of Theodore Roosevelt Jr., great-granddaughter of Theodore Roosevelt. She is the grand-niece of Kermit Roosevelt, Quentin Roosevelt, Archibald Roosevelt, Ethel Roosevelt Derby and Alice Roosevelt Longworth.

She graduated from Radcliffe College of Harvard University in 1970, from Harvard Law School in 1974, and from Harvard University with a PhD, in 1990, in East Asian Languages and Civilizations.[4]

She was married to former Massachusetts governor William Weld from July 7, 1975 until she divorced him in 2002.[5][6] She is the mother of five children by Weld:[7] David Minot (born August 26, 1976), Ethel Derby (born October 26, 1977), Mary Blake (born January 21, 1979), Quentin Roosevelt (born July 9, 1981) and Frances Wylie (born September 18, 1983).

She is a second cousin of her former husband's opponent in the 1994 Massachusetts gubernatorial race, Mark Roosevelt, grandson of her grandfather's brother Kermit Roosevelt.

Selected works[edit]


  • Covenant in Jin's Walled Cities: The Discoveries at Houma and Wenxian, Harvard University Press, 1990.


  1. ^ "Susan R. Weld". Georgetown Law. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
  2. ^ "Susan Weld". US-China Education Trust. Archived from the original on 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2011-04-11.
  3. ^ "Frances Roosevelt, Portrait Artist, 78", The New York Times, September 13, 1995
  4. ^ "SUSAN ROOSEVELT WELD: A 'LONER' GENERATES HER OWN LIGHT", The Boston Globe, October 11, 1990, Marian Christy
  5. ^ "Weld marriage may be on rocks", Boston Herald, David R. Guarino and Gayle Fee, June 30, 200
  6. ^ "Running Weld", New York, Jan 23, 2006
  7. ^ "The Weld's of Harvard Yard", Harvard Magazine, Craig A. Lambert

See also[edit]

Honorary titles
Preceded by
Kitty Dukakis
First Lady of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Jan Cellucci