Person:James Roosevelt (1)

m. 26 Apr 1827
  1. James Roosevelt, Sr.1828 - 1900
  2. John Aspinwall Roosevelt1840 - 1909
m. 27 Apr 1853
  1. James Roosevelt Roosevelt1854 - 1927
m. 7 OCT 1880
  1. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt1882 - 1945
Facts and Events
Name James Roosevelt, Sr.
Gender Male
Birth[1][2][3] 16 Jul 1828 Hyde Park, Dutchess, New York, United States
Marriage 27 Apr 1853 Newburgh, Orange, New York, United Statesto Rebecca Brien Howland
Marriage 7 OCT 1880 Algonac, NY, USAto Sara Ann Delano
Death[1][2][3] 8 Dec 1900 New York City, New York, United States
Reference Number? Q2616627?
Burial[3] Hyde Park, Dutchess, New York, United StatesSaint James Episcopal Churchyard

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James Roosevelt I (July 16, 1828 – December 8, 1900), known as "Squire James", was an American businessman. He was the father of James Roosevelt Roosevelt and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was born in Hyde Park, New York to businessman Isaac Daniel Roosevelt (1790–1863) and Mary Rebecca Aspinwall (1809–1886). Isaac's parents were businessman Jacobus Roosevelt III and Catherine Welles. Mary's parents were John Aspinwall and Susan Howland.

In 1847, James Roosevelt graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York. He was an eligible bachelor: tall, slender, and wealthy, with considerable society connections. In 1853, he married his second cousin Rebecca Brien Howland (January 15, 1831 — August 21, 1876). They had one son, James Roosevelt "Rosey" Roosevelt.

Four years after Rebecca's death, he met a sixth cousin named Sara Ann Delano at a party celebrating graduation of his distant cousin Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (1858–1919) from Harvard University. James and Sara were married on October 7, 1880, and became the parents of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. James was reportedly a good father to Franklin, however his recurring heart problems eventually made him an invalid. Franklin reacted by becoming fiercely protective of his father.

Roosevelt's business interests were primarily in coal and transportation. He was vice president of the Delaware and Hudson Railway and president of the Southern Railway Security Company.

James died twenty years after he married Sara and left the bulk of his estate to her, with only a modest inheritance for Franklin.

Disputed Lineages

Families attributed to James without apparent basis: James and Unknown, James and Rebecca Greene, and James and Elizabeth Riley.

  1. 1.0 1.1 Grandson James' membership application, in National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970.

    "I am ... the grandson of James Roosevelt born 7-16-1828 Hyde Park, died 12-8-1900 N.Y.C. and his 2nd wife Sara Delano."

  2. 2.0 2.1 James Roosevelt, Sr., in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Photo of gravestone, in Find A Grave, James Roosevelt.
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