Alice (Lee) Roosevelt

Alice Hathaway (Lee) Roosevelt (1861 - 1884)

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Alice Hathaway Roosevelt formerly Lee
Born in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Wife of — married 27 Oct 1880 in Brookline, Massachusettsmap
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Died in New York City, New York, United Statesmap
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U.S. President Wife
Alice (Lee) Roosevelt was the wife of a United States President.
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First wife of Theodore Roosevelt and mother for two days to Alice Lee Roosevelt.

Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt was 5’ 7”, gray eyes, with golden brown hair. She was born in Massachusetts in 1861.[1] She died in New York City in 1884.[2]

Alice’s nickname was “Sunshine”.

Theodore on meeting Alice in 1878 stated "As long as I live, I shall never forget how sweetly she looked, and how prettily she greeted me." She became best friends with his two sisters, Anna & Corinne. After Theodore worked hard at courting Alice they became engaged on Feb. 14, 1880. They married Oct. 17, 1880 (Theodore’s birthday).[3]

TR’s nickname for her was ‘baby’ and 'baby in pink’. Unable to have a baby until her doctor did some minor surgery. She became pregnant in May 1883. TR was a state legislator in Albany, NY and rode the train at the end of each week to the Roosevelt NYC home. They had one child, Alice Lee, born Feb. 12, 1884. Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt died Feb. 14, 1884 of Bright’s Disease (kidney disease) and complications to the birth of Alice. The development of the disease went unnoticed because her pregnancy.

Theodore had on the epitaph for his wife's memorial, "For joy or for sorrow my life has now been lived out." He dearly loved his wife, Alice.


  1. "Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 March 2018), Alice Hathaway Lee, 27 Jul 1861, East Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts; citing reference ID #167-94, Massachusetts Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 1,420,997.
  2. "New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Alice Roosevelt, 14 Feb 1884; citing Death, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,373,942.
  3. "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910," database, FamilySearch ( : 9 February 2018), Theodore Roosevelt and Alice H. Lee, 27 Oct 1880; citing reference pg 42; FHL microfilm 2,031,402.
  • Gary Boyd Roberts. Notable Kin, Volume One. Carl Boyer, 3rd; Santa Clarita, California; Date: 1998.
  • "Massachusetts State Census, 1865", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 1 June 2018), Alice Lee in entry for George C Lee, 1865.
  • "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Alice Lee in household of George C Lee, Massachusetts, United States; citing p. 36, family 261, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,129.

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