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Alice Roosevelt Longworth was the eldest child of President Theodore Roosevelt

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BirthdayFebruary 12, 1884
Died onFebruary 20, 1980
NationalityAmerican
FamousHumanitarian, Republicans, Writers
IdeologiesRepublicans
SpousesNicholas Longworth
SiblingsArchibald Roosevelt, Ethel Roosevelt Derby, Kermit Roosevelt, Quentin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
Childrens Paulina Longworth
Universities
  • conservative school for girls
Birth Place New York City
GenderFemale
FatherTheodore Roosevelt
MotherAlice Hathaway Lee
Sun SignAquarius
Born inNew York City
Famous asWriter
Died at Age96

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Who is Alice Roosevelt Longworth?

Popularly known as Princess Alice and ‘The Other Washington Monument’, Alice Roosevelt Longworth was the oldest child of President Theodore Roosevelt and his only from first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee. A socialite and writer, she led a controversial life all through. Since young, Alice was a rebellious child. She lived life according to her own terms and never really bothered of what the society thought about her. When Theodore Roosevelt took to the office of the President, she gained instant limelight and became a celebrity and fashion icon. Unlike women of those days, she was a nonconformist and a rule breaker. It was her rebellious nature coupled with defiant attitude unconventional behaviour and acidic comments on her contemporaries that made her a favourite of the press. Politically, she supported the Republican Party only temporarily switching to become a Democrat support during the Kennedy and Johnson regime.

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Childhood & Early Life

Alice Lee Roosevelt was born to Alice and Theodore Roosevelt in New York City, New York. Her mother was a Boston banking heiress, while his father was a New York State Assemblyman.

Tragedy struck the Roosevelt household several hours after the birth of young Alice. First her paternal grandmother Martha Stewart ‘Mittie’ Bulloch died of typhoid fever and eleven hours later, her mother and Theodore wife Alice died due to an undiagnosed kidney failure.

Hysterical and extremely flustered by the tragic incidents, Theodore distanced himself from everything that reminded him of Alice Sr. Even he called young Alice by the name Baby Lee. It was due to this that later in life, she preferred to be addressed as Mrs. L.

To uplift himself emotionally, Theodore Roosevelt left New York, heading westwards. He spent the next two years travelling. He resided in North Dakota. As for Baby Lee, she was put under the guidance of Theodore’s sister, Anna.

Young Lee was extremely influenced by her aunt Anna throughout her stay. After the remarriage of her father to Edith Kermit Carow, she returned under the parental care of the two. She had five half-siblings, one sister and four brothers.

Later Life

She did not share a very cordial relationship with either her father or step mother and thus would frequently visit Anna and her maternal grandparents George Cabot Lee and Caroline Watts Haskell in Boston. Anna, on the other hand, cast a strong influence on her and provided her with the required structure and stability.

She grew up to become a specimen of beauty like her own mother. She was spoiled with gifts and went on to become a fiercely independent and outgoing lay. She was also self-confident and calculating.

Upon her father’s appointment as the President of United States in 1901, she gained an overnight celebrity status. She became a fashion icon and a powerful, independent lady. She challenged the conformism and traditionalism at every step and broke all rules of the society.

She became the favourite subject for journalists and was all over the news but all for wrong reasons. She smoked cigarettes publically, rode in cars with men, partied till the wee hours of the morning, kept a pet snake named Emily Spinach and placed bets with a bookie.

In 1904, she embarked on a the Imperial Cruise to Japan, Hawaii, China, Phillipines and Korea along with 23 Congressmen, seven senators and other diplomats and officials. All throughout the trip, she kept the press busy around her, photographing with the Emperor of Japan, the Empress of China and attending sumo wrestling matches.

Propitiously, the concentration of the press in and around her activities proved to be extremely helpful for Roosevelt and his diplomats and senators as it led to the successful conclusion of the Treaty of Portsmouth in 1905, thus ending the Russo-Japanese War. It was due to this that her father became the first American to be awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize

Throughout the presidency term of Roosevelt, she enjoyed being the center of attention.

After the death of her husband in 1931, she refused to stand in for the latter’s seat. During the Great Depression, she turned an author and penned an autobiography, ‘Crowded Hours’ which was well received by the public.

Throughout her life, she remained a member of the Republican Party and maintained herself both socially and politically. She served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention on a couple of occasions

Personal Life & Legacy

Returning in 1905 from the diplomatic travels, she got engaged to Nicholas Longworth, a Republican U.S. House of Representatives member from Cincinnati, Ohio. Though she knew him since early on, their relationship strengthened during the tour.

They tied the nuptial knot in February 1906 in a wedding that became a social event of the season. It was attended by thousands of people and another thousand who gathered to get a glimpse of her. They were blessed with a daughter Paulina.

The 1912 Bull Moose presidential election caused a rift between her and her husband due to the conflicting support. Her infidelity towards him was also a matter of concern in the relationship.

Her health declined in the 1950s. In 1955, she broke her hip by falling down. The following year, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent double mastectomy but later on suffered from health complications which led to weight loss, shortness of breath and cough.

She breathed her last on February 20, 1980 at age 96 due to emphysema and pneumonia and other chronic illnesses. She was interred in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Trivia

The eldest child of US President Theodore Roosevelt, she was the matron of honor at the wedding of cousin Eleanor Roosevelt

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Alice Roosevelt Longworth biography timelines

  • // 12th Feb 1884
    Alice Lee Roosevelt was born to Alice and Theodore Roosevelt in New York City, New York. Her mother was a Boston banking heiress, while his father was a New York State Assemblyman.
  • // 1901
    Upon her father’s appointment as the President of United States in 1901, she gained an overnight celebrity status. She became a fashion icon and a powerful, independent lady. She challenged the conformism and traditionalism at every step and broke all rules of the society.
  • // 1904
    In 1904, she embarked on a the Imperial Cruise to Japan, Hawaii, China, Phillipines and Korea along with 23 Congressmen, seven senators and other diplomats and officials. All throughout the trip, she kept the press busy around her, photographing with the Emperor of Japan, the Empress of China and attending sumo wrestling matches.
  • // 1905
    Propitiously, the concentration of the press in and around her activities proved to be extremely helpful for Roosevelt and his diplomats and senators as it led to the successful conclusion of the Treaty of Portsmouth in 1905, thus ending the Russo-Japanese War. It was due to this that her father became the first American to be awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize
  • // 1905
    Returning in 1905 from the diplomatic travels, she got engaged to Nicholas Longworth, a Republican U.S. House of Representatives member from Cincinnati, Ohio. Though she knew him since early on, their relationship strengthened during the tour.
  • // 1906
    They tied the nuptial knot in February 1906 in a wedding that became a social event of the season. It was attended by thousands of people and another thousand who gathered to get a glimpse of her. They were blessed with a daughter Paulina.
  • // 1912
    The 1912 Bull Moose presidential election caused a rift between her and her husband due to the conflicting support. Her infidelity towards him was also a matter of concern in the relationship.
  • // 1931
    After the death of her husband in 1931, she refused to stand in for the latter’s seat. During the Great Depression, she turned an author and penned an autobiography, ‘Crowded Hours’ which was well received by the public.
  • // 1955
    Her health declined in the 1950s. In 1955, she broke her hip by falling down. The following year, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent double mastectomy but later on suffered from health complications which led to weight loss, shortness of breath and cough.
  • // 20th Feb 1980
    She breathed her last on February 20, 1980 at age 96 due to emphysema and pneumonia and other chronic illnesses. She was interred in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

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    Alice Roosevelt Longworth was born at 1884-02-12

  • When was Alice Roosevelt Longworth died?

    Alice Roosevelt Longworth was died at 1980-02-20

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    Alice Roosevelt Longworth was died in United States of America

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    Alice Roosevelt Longworth was died at age 96

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    Alice Roosevelt Longworth was born in New York City

  • What is Alice Roosevelt Longworth nationalities?

    Alice Roosevelt Longworth's nationalities is American

  • What is Alice Roosevelt Longworth ideologies?

    Alice Roosevelt Longworth's ideologies is Republicans

  • Who is Alice Roosevelt Longworth spouses?

    Alice Roosevelt Longworth's spouses is Nicholas Longworth

  • Who is Alice Roosevelt Longworth siblings?

    Alice Roosevelt Longworth's siblings is Archibald Roosevelt, Ethel Roosevelt Derby, Kermit Roosevelt, Quentin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt Jr.

  • Who is Alice Roosevelt Longworth childrens?

    Alice Roosevelt Longworth's childrens is Paulina Longworth

  • What was Alice Roosevelt Longworth universities?

    Alice Roosevelt Longworth studied at conservative school for girls

  • Who is Alice Roosevelt Longworth's father?

    Alice Roosevelt Longworth's father is Theodore Roosevelt

  • Who is Alice Roosevelt Longworth's mother?

    Alice Roosevelt Longworth's mother is Alice Hathaway Lee

  • What is Alice Roosevelt Longworth's sun sign?

    Alice Roosevelt Longworth is Aquarius

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    Alice Roosevelt Longworth is famouse as Writer