ROOSEVELT, Theodore Jr.

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ROOSEVELT, Theodore “Ted” Jr. ( 1887-1944), was the oldest son of President Theodore Roosevelt (by his second wife, Edith), a political and business leader, a veteran of both World Wars, appointed Governor of Puerto Rico (1929), and Governor General of the Philippines (1932). Known as “One-shot Teddy,” Roosevelt was a skilled outdoorsman and hunter. On June 20, 1910, he married Eleanor Butler Alexander (1888-1960), and they had four children. Roosevelt died suddenly of a heart attack on July 12, 1944 at age 56 in France while serving in the war. He is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Colleville-sur-Mer, France.



In the News~

June 25, 1910 [LAT]: “Avalon, June 24. Roosevelt to fish. Preparations are being made here by Mexican Joe, Catalina’s oldest and most noted boatman, for a ten days’ cruise to San Clemente, with Col. Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot, Dr. Garrett Newkirk, Prof. C. F. Holder and Maj. Frederick Burnham of South Africa. The chartered boats will leave Avalon on or about September 20. The party will encamp at Mosquito Harbor, San Clemente Island, making this headquarters and supply center. Captain Al Shade who came over from Mosquito Harbor yesterday, said: “If Col. Roosevelt doesn’t get all the fun out of Clemente fishing which ought to come to him next September, I’ll miss my guess. When I left the island the sea was almost black with fish. Coming over I had two swordfish strikes while trolling with a piece of white rag for bait.”


July 24, 1910 [SBMP]: “Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. yesterday opened the rod and reel fishing season in the Santa Barbara channel by capturing the first albacore. It was a good-sized fish, weighing probably fifteen or twenty pounds, and giving amateur fishermen a half hour’s very strenuous work with the 12-ounce tackle. Yet he was very greatly ‘dee-lighted.’ Mr. Roosevelt was accompanied by his bride and by Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Edward White, who have been their companions on a number of pleasant outing trips since their coming to Santa Barbara a month ago. The trip was made in the power yacht Charm, Captain H. S. Short, and the boat went twenty miles into the channel, nearly to Anacapa Island before the schools of albacore were found. And then such numbers of them! It seems that the channel fish have been waiting for Teddy, Jr. to coax them from their hiding places in the deep, for the fishing until yesterday has been notoriously poor this summer. The Roosevelt-White party brought in several albacore. The Charm left its distinguished passengers at Stearn’s Wharf late in the afternoon, all of them expressing pleasure with the cruise, and none of them having been the least bit seasick.”


July 26, 1910 [LAT]: “Santa Barbara, July 25. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. has made arrangements with Captain Henry Short of this city to hunt the wild boars of the Channel Islands next summer. He says he is very anxious for such an experience and would take up the sport now were he not on his honeymoon. The hogs are very savage and put up vicious battles when cornered by hunters. They have been known to chase men for miles over the mountains.”