February 14th, 2017

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Presidential family: the Theodore Roosevelts

On this date in 1884, Martha Bulloch Roosevelt (aged 48) died of typhoid fever, and Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt (aged 22 years 200 days) died of Bright's disease. Martha was Theodore Roosevelt's mother, while Alice was his first wife. Two days previously, Alice had given birth to her only child, Theodore's daughter Alice. The double-death devastated Roosevelt, and he escaped to the wilds of the Dakota Territory and his ranch (leaving his daughter in the care of his sister). Roosevelt ranched, wrote three books, and served as a sheriff. Two years later, he returned to New York and took up the political life he had left off. In 1886, he married Edith Kermit Carow, a long-time friend who had attended his first wedding. They were together through his Vice Presidency (in 1901), his Presidency (1901-09), his unsuccessful re-election campaign (1912), and his death (January 6, 1919).