James Roosevelt, Sr. (1828 - 1900) MP

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Birthplace: Hyde Park, Dutchess, New York, United States
Death: Died in Hyde Park, Dutchess, New York, United States
Managed by: John Patrick McCaffrey
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About James Roosevelt, Sr.

James Roosevelt, Sr. (July 16, 1828 – December 8, 1900) was a businessman and father of the President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was born in Hyde Park, New York to Isaac Roosevelt (1790–1863) and his wife Mary Rebecca Aspinwall (1809–1886).

Roosevelt's father Isaac Roosevelt was a fourth-generation descendant of Nicholas Roosevelt (1658-1742), who was also a sixth-generation ancestor of Theodore Roosevelt. His wife Mary Aspinwall was a sixth-generation descendant of Rebecca Stoughton, sister of William Stoughton, judge and prosecutor during the Salem Witch Trials.

Business

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 was a tall, slender and wealthy man with considerable society connections, an eligible bachelor by any standard. He graduated from Union College (NY) in 1847. In 1853, he married his first cousin once removed Rebecca Howland (1831–1876). They had a son, James "Rosy" Roosevelt, Jr (1854–1927). James became a widower in 1876.

Marriage

Four years later, at a party celebrating graduation of his cousin Theodore Roosevelt from Harvard University, he met a very distant relative Sara Delano; they were married on October 7, 1880 and became parents of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. James was reportedly a good father to Franklin; however, his recurring heart problems eventually turned him into an invalid. Franklin reacted by becoming fiercely protective of his father. James died twenty years after he married Sara. His estate was given to his sons.

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James Roosevelt, Sr.'s Timeline

1828
July 16, 1828
Hyde Park, Dutchess, New York, United States
1853
1853
Age 24
United States
1854
April 27, 1854
Age 25
United States
1880
October 7, 1880
Age 52
1882
January 30, 1882
Age 53
Hyde Park, Dutchess, New York, USA
1900
December 8, 1900
Age 72
Hyde Park, Dutchess, New York, United States
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Hyde Park, Dutchess, New York, United States