Longworth, Alice Lee Roosevelt

Longworth, Alice Lee Roosevelt,

1884–1980, American socialite, b. New York City. The only child of Theodore RooseveltRoosevelt, Theodore,
1858–1919, 26th President of the United States (1901–9), b. New York City. Early Life and Political Posts

Of a prosperous and distinguished family, Theodore Roosevelt was educated by private tutors and traveled widely.
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 and his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee, she was a teenager when her father assumed the presidency, and she enlivened the White House with her charm, irreverence, and rambunctious independence. In 1906 she married Representative Nicholas LongworthLongworth, Nicholas,
1869–1931, American legislator, b. Cincinnati. A lawyer, he practiced in Cincinnati, where his family had long been prominent. He served (1899–1903) in the Ohio legislature and, with the support of George B. Cox, was elected (1903) to the U.S.
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 in a White House ceremony. For many decades she was a famous Washington hostess, noted for her knowledge of all things political, her outspoken opinions and often caustic wit, and her influence as a powerbroker.

Bibliography

See her autobiography (1933); M. Teague, ed., Mrs. L: Talks with Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1981); biographies by J. Brough (1975), H. Teichmann (1979), C. Felsenthal (1988), and S. A. Cordery (2007).

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