Edith Roosevelt


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Summary of Edith Roosevelt - First Lady of America
Our summary and fast facts about Edith Roosevelt provides an interesting and easy way to learn about the life of the First Lady of President Theodore Roosevelt. Edith Roosevelt was a popular and competent First Lady who was acknowledged as 'never making a mistake". She supported her husband, hostess social events and
renovated and modernised the Executive Mansion that Theodore Roosevelt officially renamed as the "White House".

Facts about Edith Roosevelt - First Lady
Edith Roosevelt undertook the role of First Lady to Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States who served in office from September 14, 1901 to March 4, 1909.  What was the life of Edith Roosevelt like? The Facts about Edith Roosevelt covers important information, dates and interesting facts about her birth, her early life, her family, her personality with a biography and the accomplishments of Edith Roosevelt as the First Lady of the United States of America.

Facts about Edith Roosevelt: Fact Sheet of Edith Roosevelt
Facts and Info: This fast fact sheet provides important information about Edith Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States of America.

Edith Roosevelt Fact Sheet - The First Lady of President Theodore Roosevelt
Relationship to President Theodore Roosevelt: Wife
Date Edith Roosevelt entered White House as First Lady: September 14, 1901
Term of Presidency: 1901-1909
When and where was Edith Roosevelt born?  

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 She was born on August 6, 1861 in Norwich, Connecticut. She was named Edith Kermit Carow
What was the name of her father and mother?
 The name of her parents: Charles Carow & Gertrude Elizabeth Tyler Carow. She was educated at Miss Comstock’s School in New York
What was her relationship to President Theodore Roosevelt?
 She was his wife
When did she marry?
 December 2, 1886 to Theodore Roosevelt
What are the names of her children?
 The names of her children were Theodore (1887 – 1944), Kermit (1889 – 1943), Ethel Carow (1891 – 1977), Archibald Bulloch (1894 – 1979), Quentin (1897 – 1918)
When and where did Edith Roosevelt die?
 Edith Roosevelt died on September 30, 1948 in Oyster Bay, New York
Edith Roosevelt Fact Sheet - The First Lady of President Theodore Roosevelt

Facts about Edith Roosevelt: Fast Overview of Events in the White House
Facts and Info: Edith Roosevelt assumed the position of First Lady to President Theodore Roosevelt. She witnessed the important events of his presidency that included
the acquisition of the Panama Canal Right and the "Square Deal" domestic program. The President's work was recognised when he won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Personality and Character: Edith Roosevelt Quotes
Facts and Info: An insight into the personal views, character and personality of this First Lady may be obtained from the following Edith Roosevelt quotes. Her husband is quoted as making the following remark to William Taft:

"I take the keenest pride in seeing Mrs. Roosevelt at the head of the White House—a gentlewoman, who gives to all the official life...an air of gracious and dignified simplicity, and who with it all is the ideal of a good American wife and mother who takes care of her six children in the most devoted manner...Mrs. Roosevelt comes a good deal nearer my ideal than I do myself."

The following quote reflects Edith's comment on her time in the White House:

"I really believe the Clevelands & ourselves were about the only families who were really happy there."

Facts about Edith Roosevelt: First Events
Facts and Info: Edith Roosevelt was the 1st, First Lady to promote the idea that
the White House was a national treasure. She directed the hanging of portraits of all the first ladies and she also arranged for an exhibition of presidential china. Edith Roosevelt was also the 1st First Lady to occupy the family quarters at the White House.

Facts about the Causes and Accomplishments of Edith Roosevelt
Facts and Info: First Ladies are not elected so have no official role. Their accomplishments are therefore based on their own particular wishes that ranged from political interests, humanitarian and charitable causes or duties relating to their family or social responsibilities. The causes and accomplishments of Edith Roosevelt were demonstrated in her support of Jacob Riis, the prominent New York social reformer who worked to help ease the suffering of immigrant families who lived in over-crowded tenement buildings.

Facts about Edith Roosevelt: The Early Life of Edith Roosevelt
Facts and Info: This famous First Lady
was born on August 6, 1861 in Norwich, Connecticut. Her full name was Edith Kermit Carow. Edith was the daughter of Charles and Gertrude Tyler Carow and enjoyed a privileged background and grew up in an old New York brownstone on Union Square. Her family lived next door to the family of Theodore Roosevelt. The children played together and Edith and Theodore were childhood sweethearts. Theodore went to Harvard and his relationship with Edith ended and Theodore Roosevelt married Alice Hathaway Lee. His first wife Alice Roosevelt, sadly died shortly after their baby was born in 1884. The childhood sweethearts resumed their relationship and Edith and Theodore were married on December 2, 1886 in London, England. The couple had five children, Alice Lee, Theodore, Kermit, Ethel Carow, Archibald and Quentin. Edith Roosevelt supported her husband was not keen on his running for president, however, Theodore Roosevelt was elected vice president in 1900 and became president on September 14, 1901 following the death of President William McKinley who was shot by the assassin Leon Czolgosz.

Facts about Edith Roosevelt: Life at the White House
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 Edith Roosevelt realized the importance of the media and even before entering the White House she had hired a social secretary. The role of the social secretary to the First Lady became important, allowing the media to be informed about news of the family and official social functions, under the direction of Edith. Another innovation of Edith Roosevelt was to initiate a regular meeting with the wives of cabinet members to discuss moral standards and the finances required for hosting social events. Theodore and Edith Roosevelt realized that the White House was not big enough to house their large family. In 1902 they received funding from Congress to undertake a important renovation of the Executive Mansion which included the construction of the West Wing, that separated the private family quarters from the presidential offices, and an enlarged State Dining Room. Theodore Roosevelt officially renamed the executive mansion the "White House". Edith Roosevelt saw the refurbishment and re-design of the White House, working with the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, & White. All of the formal rooms were redecorated in the elegant, classical simple lines and colors. Edith Roosevelt believed that the White House was a national treasure, and directed the hanging of portraits of the first ladies and an  exhibition of presidential china. Her husband's term in office ended on March 4, 1909 and the family returned to their home at Sagamore Hill. Theodore died January 6, 1919 and Edith died on on September 30, 1948. Edith Roosevelt was 87 years old when she died and she was buried next to her husband.


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