Susan Roosevelt Weld

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Susan Roosevelt Weld
First Lady of Massachusetts
In role
January 3, 1991 – July 29, 1997
Governor Bill Weld
Preceded by Kitty Dukakis
Succeeded by Jan Cellucci
Personal details
Born Susan Roosevelt
Spouse(s) William Weld (1975–2002, divorced)
Relations Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (grandfather)
Theodore Roosevelt (great-grandfather)
Kermit Roosevelt (granduncle)
Quentin Roosevelt (granduncle)
Archibald Roosevelt (granduncle)
Ethel Roosevelt Derby (grandaunt)
Alice Roosevelt Longworth (grandaunt)
Mark Roosevelt (second cousin)
Franklin D. Roosevelt (fifth cousin, three times removed)
Eleanor Roosevelt (first cousin, twice removed)
Children 5
Parents Quentin Roosevelt II
Frances Blanche Webb Roosevelt
Alma mater Radcliffe College
Harvard Law School (JD)
Harvard University (PhD)

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]


  • Covenant in Jin's walled cities : the discoveries at Houma and Wenxian, Harvard University Press, 1990.

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 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 (b. 26 August 1976), Ethel Derby (b. 26 October 1977), Mary Blake (b. 21 January 1979), Quentin Roosevelt (b. 9 July 1981) and Frances Wylie (b. 18 September 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.



  1. ^ "Susan R. Weld". Georgetown Law. Retrieved 2011-04-11. 
  2. ^ "Susan Weld". US-China Education Trust. 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