Sara Ann "Sallie" Roosevelt

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Sara Ann "Sallie" Roosevelt (Delano)

Birthplace: Algonac, Orange Co, NY
Death: Died in Hyde Park, Dutchess, New York
Place of Burial: Hyde Park - family plot
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Capt. Warren Delano Jr. and Catherine Robbins Delano
Wife of <private> Roosevelt and James Roosevelt, Sr.
Mother of President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Sister of infant Susan Maria Delano; Louise Church Delano; Deborah "Dora" Perry Forbes; Anne "Annie" Lyman Hitch; Warren Delano, III and 5 others

Occupation: Mother to Franklin Roosevelt, Homemaker
Managed by: Arik Vladimir Russell
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About Sara Ann "Sallie" Roosevelt

Sara Ann Delano Roosevelt (September 21, 1854 – September 7, 1941) was the 2nd wife of James Roosevelt, Sr. (from 1880), and the mother of President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt, her only child.


She was born at the Delano Estate in the Town of Newburgh, New York to Warren Delano and Catherine Robbins Lyman. She had ten siblings, two of whom died as small children. Three more died in their twenties.

In 1862, Sallie (which is what Sara was often called during her childhood), her mother Catherine, and six brothers and sisters traveled to China on the clipper ship Surprise. On board ship, Sallie enjoyed spending time in the sailmaker's loft listening to the sailmaker tell sea stories. Her brother Fred discovered Catherine's journal of the voyage many years later, in 1928.

Sara Delano was described as a slender 5'10" (178 cm), and an intelligent debutante beauty in her youth.

FDR's election and presidency

She lived to see her only child elected President of the United States three times. His first election took place about thirteen years after the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified, and Sara became the first Presidential mother to vote for her son. Sara continued to support her son's career, even standing in as First Lady on several occasions. She was always prepared to say something positive about her son, and remained highly protective of him and his family.


Sara Delano Roosevelt, with the President at her side, died suddenly on September 7, 1941, 230 days after her son's third inauguration as President, exactly three months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and two weeks before her 87th birthday. "Minutes after her death, the largest oak tree at Hyde Park toppled to the ground. It was a clear windless day." (Quoted from; The American Experience: FDR (Part IV; "The Juggler" 1940-1945) (1994), Written & Directed by David Grubin).

The funeral was held at her home in Springwood, which is located in Hyde Park, New York. Her memory is commemorated with the Sara Delano Roosevelt Park in New York City's Lower East Side, which was dedicated during her lifetime, in 1934.



Early May, at the home of the Theodore Roosevelts, Sara Delano meets James Roosevelt, a widower with a son who is Sara's age. October 7, Sara Delano and James Roosevelt are married at Algonac, Newburgh, NY.


January 30, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is born to Sara and James Roosevelt at Hyde Park, NY. February 12, Four year old Warren Delano IV, Sara Roosevelt's nephew, dies of pneumonia and scarlet fever. Sara, who had planned to name her child Warren Delano Roosevelt after her father, decides, in deference to the grieving family, to name her son after her favorite uncle, Franklin Hughes Delano. Summer, following Delano family tradition, Sara and James Roosevelt make the annual pilgrimage to the Delano Homestead, bringing infant F.D.R. on his first visit to Fairhaven.

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Sara Ann "Sallie" Roosevelt's Timeline

September 21, 1855
Algonac, Orange Co, NY
October 7, 1880
Age 25
January 30, 1882
Age 26
Hyde Park, Dutchess County, New York, United States
- 1945
Age 73
September 7, 1941
Age 85
Hyde Park, Dutchess, New York
Hyde Park - family plot