In the early morning hours of January 6, 1919, Theodore Roosevelt passed away peacefully in his sleep. He had suffered illnesses in the early part of 1918, undergoing surgery to address an abscess and ear infections. After his recovery, Roosevelt had continued working tirelessly to support the American war effort, though worry about his sons at the front kept him from recovering fully. The death of his youngest son Quentin during an aerial battle in July 1918 was the beginning of the end of the Bull Moose. Edith, watching over him during his last days, believed grief over Quentin was what had finally taken the fight out of her husband. Even so, Roosevelt’s death came as a shock to his family and doctors who had not thought any of his ailments were fatal. After his passing, it was determined that a blood clot had ultimately taken his life.
A view of Christ Church in Oyster Bay, New York on the day of Theodore Roosevelt's funeral. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division. For full digital record, go here.
Roosevelt was buried on January 8 following a simple service in the church at Oyster Bay. His hillside grave is only minutes from his beloved Sagamore Hill on the north shore of Long Island.
View from Theodore Roosevelt's grave site in Youngs Memorial Cemetery, Oyster Bay, New York. Photo courtesy of Krystal Thomas