On this date in 1886, Theodore Roosevelt married Edith Kermit Carow in London, England. Theodore and Edith had been childhood sweethearts, but an argument in August 1878 broke off their relationship. When Theodore met and fell in love with Alice Hathaway Lee while at Harvard College, it would have seemed his romantic relationship with Edith was over for good. However, Alice passed away in 1884, and heartbroken, Theodore had returned to Dakota Territory to become a rancher. On a visit to New York City in the fall of 1885, Theodore met Edith again and their relationship was rekindled. They were married at St. George’s Church on Hanover Square in London.
From the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs division. To see full digital record, go here.
The photograph above is my favorite picture of the Roosevelts. Taken in their later years, after the children were grown, it is a fitting image to celebrate their relationship on this wedding anniversary. The photo is found in one of the Roosevelt Family Albums from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division. These albums were kept by Eleanor Butler Alexander Roosevelt, Theodore and Edith’s daughter-in-law, and they offer a unique insight into the Roosevelt family.