The official portrait of Edith Roosevelt
The official portrait of Edith Roosevelt
 
 
A photo of Edith Roosevelt
A photo of Edith Roosevelt
 
 
The Roosevelt family
The Roosevelt family
 
 
A photo of Edith Roosevelt
A photo of Edith Roosevelt
 
 
Edith Roosevelt in 1917
Edith Roosevelt in 1917
 
 
Edith Roosevelt in the White House garden
Edith Roosevelt in the White House garden
 
#26 Roosevelt, Edith
Topic(s):   First Ladies (U.S.)
Quick Facts
Full Name Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt
Born August 6, 1861 (Norwich, Connecticut)
Died September 30, 1948 (Oyster Bay, New York)
Nationality American
First Lady Number 26
Dates in the White House September 14, 1901 to March 4, 1909
Occupation(s) wife, mother, author
Major Achievement(s) first First Lady to have her own staff paid for by the government, oversaw construction of White House West Wing

Edith and Teddy Roosevelt were childhood playmates. They both loved books and nature. They were both athletic. Edith married Teddy after his first wife died. Edith and Teddy had six children.

Edith was First Lady for eight years. She brought dignity and grace to her role. She helped her husband. She also made sure her family led a happy private life.

The White House was a busy place. America was becoming a world power. Edith oversaw the addition of offices for the president. The main building was home for their large family. Americans loved stories about the Roosevelt children.

Edith read four newspapers a day. She saved articles for her husband to read. She edited his speeches. She sat in on meetings. Edith arranged a White House wedding for her stepdaughter, Alice. Alice was famous for her spirit and beauty.

Edith created a First Ladies portrait gallery. She invited entertainers to the White House to show off American culture. They performed cowboy songs and Negro spirituals.

After Teddy’s death in 1919, Edith traveled a lot. She wrote a family history. Edith continued to help the poor.

Resource information

Klapthor, M. B., Black, A. M., White House Historical Association, & National Geographic Society (U.S.). (1999). The First Ladies. Washington, DC: White House Historical Association with the cooperation of the National Geographic Society.

Pastan, A., & Smithsonian Institution. (2009). First ladies. New York, NY: DK.

Skarmeas, N. J. (2000). First ladies of the White House. Nashville, TN: Ideals Publications.

Swain, S., & C-SPAN (Television network). (2015). First ladies: Presidential historians on the lives of 45 iconic American women. NY, NY: Public Affairs.

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