Edith Roosevelt: Raising Eagles

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Edith Carow Roosevelt was a mother of six when she became First Lady in 1901.

The Roosevelt Family of the White House. (l to r): Quentin, TR, Ted, Archie, Alice, Kermit, Edith and Ethel.

The “Other” Mrs. Roosevelt

Over the past seventy-five years or more, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt has eclipsed the name of the “other” Mrs Roosevelt, her aunt-by-marriage: Uncle Theodore’s wife Edith. In her own time, however, Edith Roosevelt (1861-1948) was considered perfect; the First Lady who never made a mistake. It could not have been easy for a polar opposite of always-exuberant Theodore.

Edith: Wife and Mother

Edith Roosevelt was always one to shun the spotlight.

Edith and Theodore Roosevelt had six children when they arrived at the White House in September, 1901 following the tragic assassination of popular William McKinley. Alice was seventeen, and Theodore’s daughter by his first wife who had died in childbirth. Ted…

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