Mrs. Alice (Roosevelt) Longworth

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A photo of Mrs. Alice (Roosevelt) Longworth, full-length portrait

Alice Roosevelt was the only child of President Teddy Roosevelt and his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee. (Her mother died when she was 2 days old.)

A strong woman, not bound by the "rules" of the time, Alice came to public attention at the age of 17 when her father became President. Even the color of the blue dress that she wore this same year became a fashion trend - called "Alice Blue".

She did such scandalous things as ride in cars with men, smoke cigarettes in public, keep a snake in the White House, and jump into a pool fully clothed while on a diplomatic trip to Japan.

In February 1906, Alice married (later) Speaker of the House Nicholas Longworth III, wearing a blue wedding dress. But she was still independent, campaigning against her own husband and carrying on numerous affairs. Senator William Borah (R-ID) was the father of her only child, daughter Paulina Longworth (born in 1925), but she and Longworth remained married until his death in 1931.

Her rambunctious attitude never changed - she buried a voodoo doll of Nellie Taft (the new First Lady) in the front yard of the White House when the Roosevelts had to leave at the end of Teddy's term - and was banned from the White House a few times because of her behavior. And after her daughter died in 1957, she raised her granddaughter.

A life-long Republican, she nonetheless was close to the Kennedy family and voted for Lyndon Johnson (because she thought Goldwater was "too mean"). She was a friend to Richard Nixon and encouraged him to run for President - he invited her to a White House dinner and his daughter's wedding.

Alice died in 1980 at the age of 96. Along the path of her very long life, she made quite an impression. To Joe McCarthy (he of "commie witch hunt" fame) who had said: "Here's my blind date. I am going to call you Alice", she replied "Senator McCarthy, you are not going to call me Alice. The truckman, the trashman and the policeman on my block may call me Alice, but you may not." And she told President Johnson that she "wore wide-brimmed hats so he couldn't kiss her".
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Feb 12, 1884 - Feb 20, 1980 1884 - 1980
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Ancient Faces
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Do you know who this lady is? She was famous in her time - and throughout her life - and often a fashion icon.
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
Mary Jane Day
Evelyn Nesbitt
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
AncientFaces
sorry, nope
Jun 25, 2019 ·
Lynda Lerum
This is Evelyn.
Jun 25, 2019 ·
Mary Jane Day
Lynda Lerum ✔️
Jun 25, 2019 ·
Lora Silsbee
Alice Roosevelt Longworth
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
Penny Faulk
"If don't have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me." 😉
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
Stephanie Stahlhut
Alice Roosevelt
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Jeanne Akkermans
Princess Alexandra of Denmark
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April Williams
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Jeanne Akkermans Alex was even more beautiful. ☺️
Jun 25, 2019 ·
Linda Haydell
She would fit right in today.
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
Ruth Rensink
Laura Arnold Bray, Alice Roosevelt.
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
Laura Arnold Bray
Ruth Rensink ....cool picture...I just finished American Princess today!
Jun 25, 2019 ·
Ruth Rensink
Laura Arnold Bray , I’ve finished it too. Will be fun to discuss
Jun 25, 2019 ·
Debbie Jennings
Jackee I thought this may interest you 😘
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
Jackee Jordan
Debbie Jennings Correct! :)
Jun 25, 2019 ·
Tiffany Desiree Bailey
I always loved that her snake's name was Emily Spinach. 😂
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
Maddalena RN
"I can run the country or I can control Alice. I can not do both."
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
Mary Beth Hanlon
Alice Roosevelt is my guess.
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
Marion LeBleu
So beautiful, especially for a Roosevelt.
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
KellieAnne Foreman
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you are judging a WHOLE FAMILY based on one person and wow how rude! Beauty has nothing to do with brains or anything frankly! Shameful of you
Jun 25, 2019 ·
Lynda Lerum
Marion! be nice.
Jun 25, 2019 ·
Marion LeBleu
Lynda Lerum I couldn’t help it! Compare Alice with Eleanor..whoa!
Jun 25, 2019 ·
Marion LeBleu
KellieAnne Smith Foreman oh no one can take a joke anymore
Jun 25, 2019 ·
Lee Ann Forester Train
Marion LeBleu Teddy Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt were very distant cousins. In fact fifth cousins.
Years ago I looked it up because my mother told me they were barely related.
Alice’s mother was beautiful as well . I think she was prettier . I just looked that up. 😂
Jun 26, 2019 ·
Carolyn Hoyt
Alice Roosevelt.
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
Lisa Bylsma Arata
Katie Holmes could play her in the movie, though.
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
Lynda Lerum
If this is Alice, she had a smart a** mouth and was very mean to her cousin Eleanor.
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
Tom Lienert
Lynda Lerum Alice was mean to EVERYONE, with the possible exception of her brother, Theodore Roosevelt III (yeah, their father the President was actually Theodore Roosevelt Jr.).
Jun 26, 2019 ·
Carlos Medina
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Fran Portnoy
Alice Roosevelt .... !
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
Trudie Cruey
alice roosevelt
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
David Phelps
WOW she is a Beauty.
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
Elizabeth Parish
Alice Roosevelt
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
Jacqueline Robinette
Alice Roosevelt?
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
Shelley Teague
Beautiful and well poised
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
Brenda Johnson Lembarki
Beautiful
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
Fha Ny Trujllo
Alice Roosevelt.
Jun 25, 2019 · Reply
Breda J Bergin
Like her .. shes someone who lived her life to suit herself .
Jun 26, 2019 · Reply
Rod Clark
Nutty Alice Teddy’s spoiled pain in the a** kid.
Jun 26, 2019 · Reply
Brin Ash
Very interesting article on her life. She did it all her way.
Jun 26, 2019 · Reply
Anne Stokes
beautiful Alice and amazing posture
Jun 27, 2019 · Reply
Carolyn Mount Plank
“If you have nothing nice to say, come sit by me.”
Jun 27, 2019 · Reply
DeAnn Pautler
Alice Roosevelt
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