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Sara Ann Roosevelt (Delano)

Also Known As: "Sallie"
Birthplace: Algonac, Newburgh, Orange County, New York, United States
Death: September 07, 1941 (85)
Hyde Park, Dutchess County, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Hyde Park - family plot
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Capt. Warren Delano Jr.; Warren Delano; Catherine Robbins Delano and Catherine Robbins Delano
Wife of James Roosevelt, Sr.
Mother of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the USA
Sister of Susan Maria Delano; Louise Church Delano; Dora Forbes; Anne Lyman Hitch; Warren Delano and 5 others

Occupation: Mother to Franklin Roosevelt, Homemaker
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About Sara Ann Roosevelt

Sara Roosevelt From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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.

Bibliographic details for "Sara Roosevelt"

  • Page name: Sara Roosevelt
  • Author: Wikipedia contributors
  • Publisher: Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.
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(V) Captain Warren Delano, youngest son of Captain Ephraim and Elizabeth (Cushman) Delano, was born October 28, 1779, in Dartmouth, and died in Fairhaven, September 25, 1866. He married (first) in Fairhaven, November 6, 1808, Deborah, daughter of Joseph and Deborah (Perry) Church, born March 21, 1783, in Dartmouth, died there August 7, 1827. He married (second) in Dartmouth, April 2, 1828, Eliza Adams, widow of Captain Parker, of the United States navy. Children: Warren, mentioned below; Frederic, born April 11, 1811; Franklin Hughes, July 27, 1813, married Laura, daughter of William B. and granddaughter of John Jacob Astor. of New York; Louise Church, October 29, 1816; Edward, July 11, 1818; Deborah Perry, August 15, 1820; Sarah Alvey, August 15, 1822; Susan Maria, August 17, 1823; and a daughter, died on the day of birth.

(VI) Warren (2) Delano, eldest child of Captain Warren (1) and Deborah (Church) Delano, was born July 13, 1809, in Fairhaven, and died January 17, 1898, at Newburgh, New York, at his residence called the "Algonac." He married, November 1, 1843, at Northampton, Massachusetts, Catherine Robbins, born January 10, 1825, died February 10, 1896, at Newburgh, daughter of Judge Joseph Lyman and Anne Jean (Robbins) Robbins, the last named a daughter of Hon. Edward Hutchinson Robbins, who was a member of congress from Massachusetts, and speaker of the house in 1793.


  1. Susan Maria, born October 13, 1844, in Macao, China;
  2. Louise Church, June 4, 1846, in the same place;
  3. Deborah Perry, August 29, 1847, in Northampton, became the wife of William Howell Forbes, of Hong Kong, China;
  4. Annie Lyman, January 8, 1849, in New York City, married Frederic Delano Hitch, of Shanghai, China;
  5. Warren, died in infancy, at Newburgh;
  6. Warren, born July 11, 1852;
  7. Sara, mentioned below;
  8. Philippe de Lannoy, February 3, 1857;
  9. Catherine Robbins, May 24, 1860;
  10. Frederic Adrian, September 10, 1863, in Hong Kong;
  11. Laura Franklin, December 23, 1864, in Hong Kong.

(VII) Sara, fifth daughter of Warren (2) and Catherine (Robbins) Delano, was born September 21, 1854, and was educated in this country and in Europe. She married, October 7, 1880, James Roosevelt, of New York (see Roosevelt VII).

Bibliographic information:

  • Title Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Building of a Nation, Volume 3
  • Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Building of a Nation, Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Building of a Nation
  • Author Cuyler Reynolds
  • Publisher Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1914
  • Original from Harvard University
  • Digitized Feb 1, 2008
  • Page 1060




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 Roosevelt's Timeline

September 21, 1855
Algonac, Newburgh, Orange County, New York, United States
January 30, 1882
Hyde Park, Dutchess County, New York, United States
September 7, 1941
Age 85
Hyde Park, Dutchess County, New York, United States
Hyde Park - family plot