James "Rosy" Roosevelt, Jr.

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James "Rosy" Roosevelt, Jr.

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: United States
Death: May 7, 1927 (73)
United States
Place of Burial: Hyde Park, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of James Roosevelt, Sr. and Rebecca Brien Roosevelt
Husband of Helen Schermerhorn Astor and Elizabeth Roosevelt
Father of Tadd Roosevelt and Helen Rebecca Robinson
Half brother of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the USA

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About James "Rosy" Roosevelt, Jr.


James Roosevelt "Rosy" Roosevelt (April 27, 1854 – May 7, 1927) was an American diplomat and the older half-brother of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR). He was the son of James Roosevelt I (1828–1900) and his first wife, Rebecca Brien Howland (1831—1876), who were second cousins.

Rosey has been described as "an aimless if charming member of New York society's sporting set." He served as Secretary of the United States Legation in Vienna and as Secretary of the Embassy in London.

When his father died in 1900, the estate was split between Rosy and FDR.

On November 18, 1878, Rosy married Helen Schermerhorn Astor (November 27, 1855 — November 12, 1893), the second daughter of businessman William Backhouse Astor, Jr. (1829–1892) and socialite Caroline Webster "Lina" Schermerhorn (1830–1908). Roosevelt and Helen had two children:

James Roosevelt "Tadd" Roosevelt, Jr. (August 20, 1879 – June 7, 1958)

Helen Rebecca Roosevelt (September 26, 1881 – July 8, 1962)

After Helen's death, Roosevelt married Elizabeth Riley in 1914. She died in 1948. Since he and Franklin had never been particularly close, Franklin found himself surprisingly saddened by Rosy's death.

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James "Rosy" Roosevelt, Jr.'s Timeline

April 27, 1854
United States
Age 24
Age 26
May 7, 1927
Age 73
United States
Hyde Park, NY, USA