Roosevelt, Edith Kermit
1933 free-franked, hand-addressed envelope
Autograph ID: 4192
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1861-1948) 2nd wife of Theodore Roosevelt (m. 1886), bore him 4 sons and 1 daughter (Ethel). First Lady 1901-09. She grew up next door to Theodore “T.R.” Roosevelt in New York and was best friends with his younger sister Corinne. She was T.R.’s 1st real playmate outside his immediate family, often his companion for summer outings at Oyster Bay but this ended when he entered Harvard. Although she attended his wedding to Alice Hathaway Lee in 1880, their lives ran separately until 1885. As First Lady, she remodeled the White House at a cost of $475,000 into what the president described as “a simple and dignified dwelling for the head of a republic.” During his administration, the White House was unmistakably the social center of the land. After her husband’s 1919 death, she traveled abroad but always returned to Sagamore Hill as her home. She came out of retirement in 1932 and gave a seconding speech on behalf of Herbert Hoover in his bid for re-election against her nephew-in-law, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
3 ¾ x 6 ¼ envelope addressed by Mrs. Roosevelt to Grahame O’Glean, Ludington, Michigan, franked “free/Edith K. Roosevelt” at top right by Oyster Bay, NY, August 27 1933 postmark. On verso is her printed name and Sgamore Hill address”
Type: Free Franked Envelope