Kermit Roosevelt
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Kermit Roosevelt (1889 - 1943)

Major Kermit Roosevelt
Born in Oyster Bay, New Yorkmap
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Husband of — married 11 Jun 1914 in Madrid, Spainmap
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Died at age 53 in Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska, United Statesmap
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Son of US President Teddy Roosevelt. He was an explorer and served in both world wars.



Kermit Roosevelt was born on 10 October 1889, in Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay, Nassau, New York to Theodore Roosevelt and Edith Carow. He married Belle Wyatt Willard on 10 June 1914, in Madrid, Madrid, Spain. They were the parents of 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Marylebone, London, England, United Kingdom in 1939 and Manhattan, New York City, New York in 1940. In 1914, his occupation is listed as assistant manager, national city bank in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He died on 4 June 1943, in Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska at the age of 53, and was buried in Fort Richardson National Cemetery in Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska.

He was a veteran of WW 2 and suffered from depression. According to the special on "The Roosevelts, an Intimate History" a film by Kenneth Burns, Kermit suffered from depression and was an alcoholic. He committed suicide in 1943, but to protect his mother, who was in her 80's, she was told that he had died in his sleep of congestive heart failure.


  • Kermit Roosevelt was born on October 10, 1889, in Oyster Bay, New York, to Edith Kermit Carow, age 28, and President Theodore Roosevelt, age 30.


  • Kermit Roosevelt married Belle Wyatt (Roosevelt) Willard in Madrid, Spain, on June 10, 1914.[1][2][3][4]


  • Kermit Roosevelt died by suicide on June 4, 1943, in Fort Richardson, Alaska, when he was 53 years old.[5]


  • Kermit is buried in Section A-22 of Fort Richardson National Cemetery in Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska.[6][7]


  • Kermit joined the British army at the start of World War I, commissioned as a Lieutenant and promoted to Captain prior to his resignation on 28 April 1918. He was assigned to the 14th Light Armored Motor Battery, Machine Gun Corps. He was awarded the Military Cross, 26 Aug 1918.
  • Kermit served his country during World War I, enlistinng in the US Army on April 28, 1918. He received a commission as Captain and assigned to Battery C, 7th Artillery, 1st Infantry Division. He participated in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. He was honorably discharged on 27 March 1919.
  • Kermit had negotiated a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Middlesex Regiment with the assistance of his friend, Winston Churchill and joined the Brish Army at the start of World War II. He resumed drinking and was debilitated by an enlarged liver complicated by a resurgence of malaria. At the end of 1940, he returned to England and was discharged from the army on health grounds on May 2, 1941, by which time he had once again reached the rank of captain.
  • To extricate him from his current situation (institution for his depression and alcoholism), the President (FDR) gave him a commission as a major in the United States Army, and had him transferred and posted to Fort Richardson, Alaska, where he worked as an intelligence officer and helped establish a territorial militia of Eskimos and Aleuts. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1685 in Anchorage, Alaska. Roosevelt died in Alaska on June 4, 1943, in his room at Fort Richardson, from suicide by a gunshot to the head.


  • Kermit was the founder of the Roosevelt Steamship Company and the United States Line.

Positions Held

  • From 1914 - 1916, Kermit was Assistant Manager of the National Bank of Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • From 1937 to 1939, Kermit was Vice President of the New York Zoological Society.


  1. Marriage: "U.S.,™ Marriage Index, 1800s-current"
    Rushville Republican; Publication Date: 11/ Jun/ 1914; Publication Place: Rushville, Indiana, USA; URL:,0.04786029,0.5172049,0.76614517&xid=3398
    Ancestry Record 62116 #122051308 (accessed 27 April 2024)
    Kermit Roosevelt (24) marriage to Belle Wyatt Willard on 11 Jun 1914 in Madrid , Spain.
  2. Marriage: "U.S., Consular Reports of Marriages, 1910-1949"
    National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Marriage Reports in State Department Decimal Files, 1910-1949; Record Group: 59, General Records of the Department of State, 1763 - 2002; Series ARC ID: 2555709; Series MLR Number: A1, Entry 3001; Series Box Number: 473; File Number: 133/58
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 1652 #3832 (accessed 27 April 2024)
    Kermich Roosevech (24) marriage to Belle Wyatt Willard (21) on 10 Jun 1914 in The Office of the Director General de seguridad, Madrid, Spain.
  3. Marriage: "U.S.,™ Marriage Index, 1800s-current"
    The Boston Globe; Publication Date: 12/ Jun/ 1914; Publication Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA; URL:,0.3512136,0.96927977,0.76254&xid=3398
    Ancestry Record 62116 #49971432 (accessed 27 April 2024)
    Ex-President Kermit Roosevelt marriage to Belle Wyatt Willard in about 1914 in Madrid.
  4. Marriage: "U.S.,™ Marriage Index, 1800s-current"
    The New Haven Leader; Publication Date: 19/ Jun/ 1914; Publication Place: New Haven, Missouri, USA; URL:,0.26591012,0.3841091,0.30021355&xid=3398
    Ancestry Record 62116 #1313871429 (accessed 27 April 2024)
    Kermit Roosevelt marriage to Belle Wyatt Willard in about 1914 in Madrid Spain.
  5. Obituary: "U.S.,™ Obituary Index, 1800s-current"
    The Times; Publication Date: 6 Jun 1943; Publication Place: Munster, Indiana, USA; URL:,0.21054603,0.50029564,0.6625672&xid=3355
    Ancestry Record 61843 #203809 (accessed 27 April 2024)
    Name: Kermit Roosevelt; Gender: Male; Death Age: 53; Birth Date: abt 1890; Marriage Date: 1914; Marriage Place: Madrid; Residence Place: USA; Death Date: Abt 1943; Death Place: Alaska, USA; Obituary Date: 6 Jun 1943; Obituary Place: Munster, Indiana, USA; Newspaper Title: The Times; Father: Theodore; Parents: Theodore Roosevelt; Spouse: [No Name] Belle Willard Roosevelt; Child: Kermit Joseph Roosevelt; Siblings: Quentin Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt Archibald Roosevelt.
  6. Burial: "U.S., Veterans' Gravesites, ca.1775-2019"
    National Cemetery Administration; U.S. Veterans' Gravesites
    Ancestry Record 8750 #7165350 (accessed 27 April 2024)
    Kermit Roosevelt burial (died on 4 Jun 1943) in Ft. Richardson National Cemetery, Fort Richardson, Alaska, USA. Born on 10 Oct 1889.
  7. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 26 July 2019), Kermit Roosevelt, 1943; Burial, Oyster Bay, Nassau, New York, United States of America, Youngs Memorial Cemetery; citing record ID 5999, Find a Grave,
  • "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011", database, FamilySearch ( : 18 July 2020), Kermit Roosevelt, 1943.
  • "British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 26 October 2019), Captain Kermit Roosevelt in entry for President Theodore Roosevelt, 11 Jan 1919; citing Obituary, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom, page , Records extracted by FindMyPast and images digitized by FamilySearch. The British Library, London; FHL microfilm 102,001,208.
  • Wikipedia contributors, "Kermit Roosevelt," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed April 27, 2024).
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #4231 Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  • National Cemetery Administration. U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: National Cemetery Administration. Nationwide Gravesite Locator
  • Interment Control Forms, 1928–1962. Interment Control Forms, A1 2110-B. Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774–1985, Record Group 92. The National Archives at College Park, College Park, Maryland.
  • 1900 Census: "1900 United States Federal Census"
    Year: 1900; Census Place: Oyster Bay, Nassau, New York; Roll: 1079; Page: 16; Enumeration District: 0723
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 7602 #66769781 (accessed 27 April 2024)
    Kenneth Roosevelt (10), single son, At School, in household of Theodore Roosevelt (41) in Oyster Bay, Nassau, New York. Born in New York, USA.
  • United States Census, 1910, database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 22 September 2021), Kermit Roosevelt in household of Theodore Roosevelt, Oyster Bay, Nassau, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 1135, sheet 19A, family , NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 995; FHL microfilm 1,375,008.
  • Family History or Pedigree: "U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970"
    Volume: 165
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 2204 #393322 (accessed 27 April 2024)
    Name: Kermit Roosevelt; Birth Date: 20 Oct 1889; Birth Place: Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York; SAR Membership: 32882; Role: Applicant; Application Date: 6 Jun 1919; Father: Theodore Roosevelt; Mother: Edith Kermiet Cunes.
  • Family History Or Pedigree: "North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000"
    Book Title: The Roosevelt Genealogy : 1649-1902
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 61157 #3131776 (accessed 27 April 2024)
    Name: Kermit Roosevelt; Gender: Male; Birth Date: 10 Oct 1889; Birth Place: Oyster Bay, N Y; Father: Theodore Roosevelt; Mother: Edith Kermit Carow.


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Roosevelt-319 and Roosevelt-46 appear to represent the same person because: I've corrected the profile of Roosevelt-319 and am initiating a new merge with Roosevelt-46.
posted by [Living Gibson]
Corrected name and death date and place. Added sources. Thanks to Mary H .
posted by [Living Gibson]
where did you find your source for the death of Kermit B Roosevelt? What did the middle initial stand for?

Thanks for your help.

posted by [Living Stewart]
Roosevelt-319 and Roosevelt-46 do not represent the same person because: deathdate is different with no valid source for proof of documentation.
posted by [Living Stewart]
Please merge the two duplicates together for the US Presidents Project !
posted by Maggie N.
Please merge the two duplicates together for the US Presidents Project !
posted by Maggie N.

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