Family and Friends


Relationships were tremendously important to Theodore Roosevelt, whose amicable and charismatic nature inspired devotion from both his family and his large circle of friends. Learn about those closest to Roosevelt.

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Addams, Jane

Jane Addams was the first American woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize and was a pioneer in the field of social work. She was also a prominent political activist and advocate of women’s suffrage who played a leading role in Theodore Roosevelt’s 1912 presidential campaign.

Bok, Edward

Edward Bok (1863-1930 ) was the influential editor of Ladies Home Journal (1889-1919) and a strong supporter of Theodore Roosevelt’s.

Cowles, Anna Roosevelt

Anna Roosevelt Cowles was Theodore Roosevelt’s elder sister.  Born in the family’s brownstone at 28 East 20th Street in New York City, she was always known as Bye or Bamie.

Derby, Ethel Carow Roosevelt

Ethel Carow Roosevelt Derby was the daughter of Theodore and Edith Kermit Roosevelt.

Dresden Literary American Club

Theodore Roosevelt helped create the Dresden Literary American Club with his siblings Elliott and Corinne, and their cousins John and Maud Elliott, to share their short stories and poetry.

Hagedorn, Hermann

Hermann Hagedorn is remembered for his biographies of Theodore Roosevelt and his work to promote the legacy and ideals of Roosevelt through his long service to the Theodore Roosevelt Association.

Hagner, Isabella

Isabella (Belle) Hagner became the first social secretary to a First Lady when Edith Roosevelt hired her on October 2, 1901.

Jones, Herschel V.

Herschel V. Jones (1861-1928) was a Republican, a supporter of Theodore Roosevelt, and the long-time publisher of the Minneapolis Journal.

King, Isabella Greenway

Isabella Greenway King was a United States Representative from Arizona and a friend of both the family of Theodore and Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt and Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt.

Longworth, Alice Lee Roosevelt

Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth was the only daughter of Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt.  She was born on February 12, 1884.

Peabody, Endicott

Endicott “Cotty” Peabody (1857-1944) was a life-long friend of Theodore Roosevelt’s. The two met while they were in college, and Peabody—with Roosevelt’s backing—would go on to found Groton School in 1884 and serve, for 56 years, as its first headmaster.

Robinson, Corinne Roosevelt

Corinne “Conie” Roosevelt Robinson was the fourth child of Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., and Martha Bulloch Roosevelt.

Roosevelt, Alice Hathaway Lee

Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt was Theodore Roosevelt’s first wife.  Born in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, on July 29, 1861, Alice met Theodore when she was just seventeen years old. 

Roosevelt, Archibald Bulloch

Archibald Bulloch Roosevelt was the third son of Theodore and Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt.

Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow

Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt was Theodore Roosevelt’s second wife.  The daughter of Gertrude Elizabeth Tyler and Charles Carow, Edith was born on August 6, 1861, in Connecticut. 

Roosevelt, Eleanor

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was Theodore Roosevelt’s niece. Her father was Theodore Roosevelt’s younger brother Elliott Bulloch Roosevelt.

Roosevelt, Elliott Bulloch

Elliott Bulloch Roosevelt, nicknamed “Ellie” or “Nell,” was the third child of Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., and Martha (Mittie) Bulloch Roosevelt.  He was also the father of First Lady Anna Eleanor Roosevelt and the younger brother of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Roosevelt, Kermit

Kermit Roosevelt was the precocious second son of Theodore and Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt.

Roosevelt, Martha Bulloch

Martha “Mittie” Bulloch, the mother of President Theodore Roosevelt and grandmother of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, was the daughter of James Stephens Bulloch and Martha Stewart Elliott Bulloch.

Roosevelt, Robert Barnwell

Robert Barnwell (Barnhill) Roosevelt was the fourth son of Cornelius Van Schaack Roosevelt and Margaret Barnhill Roosevelt as well as the uncle of President Theodore Roosevelt. He was a prominent New York lawyer, public servant, diplomat, writer, and conservationist.

Roosevelt, Theodore, Jr.

Theodore (Ted) Roosevelt, Jr., was the eldest son of Theodore and Edith Kermit Roosevelt.

Roosevelt, Theodore, Sr.

Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., was the fifth son of Cornelius Van Schaack Roosevelt, a prosperous New York merchant, and Margaret Barnhill Roosevelt.

Sagamore Hill

Sagamore Hill was the Theodore Roosevelt family home in Cove Neck, on Long Island, in New York State.

Storer, Maria Longworth Nichols

Born March 20, 1849, to a wealthy founding family of Cincinnati, Ohio, Maria Longworth became an accomplished artist.

Taft, Helen Herron

Helen Herron Taft was the wife of the 27th president of the United States, William Howard Taft.

Wharton, Edith

Edith Wharton was an American author and the first woman to earn a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She was also a friend of Theodore and Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt.

White House Gang

The “White House Gang” was a name created by President Theodore Roosevelt to describe an adventuresome group of conspirators led by Quentin Roosevelt, the youngest of TR’s children.

Whitney, Flora Payne

Flora Payne Whitney was engaged to marry Quentin Roosevelt before he was killed in World War I.

Wister, Owen

Owen Wister (July 14, 1860-July 21, 1938) was a lifelong friend of Theodore Roosevelt’s and a novelist best known for his writings about the American West.