Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt

Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt

Born: August 6, 1861 at Norwich, Connecticut
Died: September 30, 1948 (aged 87) at Oyster Bay, New York
Spouse: Theodore Roosevelt (m. 1886-1919)
Children: Theodore Roosevelt Jr., Kermit Roosevelt, Ethel Roosevelt Derby, Archibald Roosevelt, Quentin Roosevelt

Offices held:
First Lady of the United States (1901 – 1909)
Second Lady of the United States (1901)
First Lady of New York (1899 – 1900)

Facts about Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt

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.

Even though Edith was known for her efficiency, she was a warm and caring person attuned to the feelings of others. 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.

Edith lived a long life. After Theodore died in 1919, she traveled extensively and enjoyed her children and grandchildren. Edith did not support Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelts presidential campaigns – he was her nephew-in-law.

Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt Childhood

Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt (1861-1948) was Theodore Roosevelts second wife. The daughter of Gertrude Elizabeth Tyler and Charles Carow, Edith was born on August 6, 1861, in Connecticut.

Raised not far from the Roosevelts in New York City, Edith and her younger sister Emily had a childhood made difficult by their fathers alcoholism, absences, declining fortunes, and eventual death in 1883. Edith took refuge in books and her best friend, Corinne Roosevelt.

By their teenage years, Edith and Theodore Roosevelt became so close that he may have proposed marriage. He called her the most cultivated, best-read girl I know, but a rupture in their relationship occurred before Roosevelt left for Harvard College. Once there, he fell in love with Alice Hathaway Lee. Edith determined to be friends with both of them, even after Roosevelt married Lee in 1880.

Where is Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt buried?

She is interred next to her husband in Youngs Memorial Cemetery near Oyster Bay, New York.

How did Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt die?

She died by natural cause at her Oyster Bay home in New York on September 30, 1948, at the age of 87.