James Roosevelt Roosevelt
James Roosevelt Roosevelt
|Born||April 27, 1854|
|Died||May 7, 1927 (aged 73)|
Helen Schermerhorn Astor
(m. 1878; her death 1893)
(m. 1914; his death 1927)
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 Roosevelt was born on April 27, 1854. 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." by the New York Times. When his father died in 1900, the estate was split between Rosy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
He was a trustee of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine 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.
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). Together, Roosevelt and Helen had two children:
- James Roosevelt "Tadd" Roosevelt Jr. (1879–1958), who married Sadie Messinger (c. 1880–1940)
- Helen Rebecca Roosevelt (1881–1962), who in 1904 married Theodore Douglas Robinson (1883–1934), the eldest nephew of President Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919)
After his first wife's death in 1893, Roosevelt married Elizabeth Riley on August 7, 1914.
Roosevelt died on May 7, 1927. His second wife outlived him, and died in 1948.
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- "A Notable Social Event; The Wedding of Miss Astor and Mr. Roosevelt; An English Morning Ceremony in Grace Church the Recpetion in the Astor Mansion; The Bride's Presents and Some of the Costumes". The New York Times. 19 November 1878. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
- "Court Disposes of an Astor Fund.; Provisions as to It in Mrs. Roosevelt's Will Held to be Inoperative". The New York Times. 25 May 1894. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
- "Mrs. Theodore Robinson Dies | Navy Official's Widow Was 80". The New York Times. July 10, 1962. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
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- "Helen Rebecca Roosevelt" on Ancestry.com
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