Subjects: Travel; Summer

Flashback to the Summer of 1914

Jul 29, 2014

Where in the world was Theodore Roosevelt, 100 years ago this summer? Below are some of the places Roosevelt traveled between May and September of 1914:

  • Bay City, Michigan
  • Belem, Brazil
  • Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Hartford, Connecticut
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • London, England
  • Madrid, Spain
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Paris, France
  • Portland, Maine

By 1914, Theodore Roosevelt had already been a Rough Rider, President, and Bull Mooser, the roles we have all come to know. But even after all of that, Theodore Roosevelt was still a very busy man. Roosevelt began the year in Brazil, on the Roosevelt-Rondon Expedition, and ended the year with his family, at Oyster Bay, New York. However, the time in between was eventful for Roosevelt, his family, and the world. 

Theodore Roosevelt aboard the Aidan on his return from South AmericaIn May, Roosevelt returned from South America where he had traversed the River of Doubt. He boarded the Aidan in the Brazilian city of Belem and headed home. Over the next two weeks, Roosevelt stopped in Barbados (to purchase books!) and then arrived in New York. Although he suffered from lingering ailments, it was not long before Roosevelt was traveling again. In June, he toured Europe. He visited museums, ambassadors, kings and queens; but the major event was attending the wedding of his son Kermit to Belle Willard in Madrid, Spain. Roosevelt’s daughter Alice compared the trip to “a movie run at several times life speed.” Roosevelt left Europe just days before Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated.

Roosevelt returned home to meet his new grandson, Theodore Roosevelt III, and to be tamed by six weeks of mandatory bed rest. However, in true TR fashion, exactly six weeks later he was back on the road. As the Great War escalated in Europe, campaign season began in the United States. Roosevelt campaigned and gave speeches in support of Progressive Party candidates across the nation. In August he campaigned around New England, and in September he spoke in towns from Louisiana to Michigan.

Learn more about Theodore Roosevelt's World War I activities at our annual symposium this September.

Special thanks to the work of Robert Moore, whose Theodore Roosevelt chronologies provide detailed information on the president’s whereabouts from day to day. While unpublished, the chronologies can be found in print within the Theodore Roosevelt Collection at Harvard’s Houghton Library.


Dalton, Kathleen. Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life. New York: Random House, 2002.

Moore, Robert, J., Jr. Chronology, 1858-1919. Unpublished.

Roosevelt, Theodore. The Letters of Theodore Roosevelt. Vol. 7. Elting E. Morison, ed. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1951-1954.

Roosevelt, Theodore. Through the Brazilian Wilderness. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1914.

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