Alice Lee Roosevelt

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Birthday
29, 1861
Birthplace
Massachusetts
Death Date
Feb 14, 1884 (22)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
29, 1861
Birthplace
Massachusetts
Death Date
Feb 14, 1884 (22)

About

Remembered as the first wife of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and the mother of his first child, this Massachusetts-born woman died of kidney disease less than forty-eight hours after giving birth to the couple's daughter, Alice Lee Roosevelt.

Before Fame

She first met Theodore Roosevelt in late 1878 and became engaged to him on Valentine's Day of 1880 (tragically, she died on this same date just four years later). The two, who were reportedly very much in love, were married on the future president's twenty-second birthday.

Trivia

Bright's Disease, the condition that killed Roosevelt in her early twenties, was not diagnosed prior to her death because her pregnancy made its symptoms less obvious.

Family Life

The daughter of Caroline Watts Haskell and George Cabot Lee, she was raised in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Associated With

Her daughter, Alice, was raised from the age of three by Theodore Roosevelt's second wife, Edith Roosevelt.