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Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth

Born: 1884 AD
Died: 1980 AD

1884 – Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth, born on thr 12th of February at the Roosevelt family home on 6 West 57th St. in New York City. She was a child of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, and his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee. She was Lee’s only child.

1906 – For her husband, she chose Nicholas Longworth, a Republican U.S. House of Representatives member from Cincinnati, Ohio, who ultimately would rise to become Speaker of the House. Their wedding was the social event of the season.

1912 – She publicly supported her father’s Bull Moose presidential candidacy, while Nick stayed loyal to his mentor, President Taft.

       – She strongly advised her father against challenging the renomination of William Howard Taft on the Republican ticket.

1916 – During the administration of Woodrow Wilson (from which she was banned for a bawdy joke at Wilson’s expense), she worked endlessly against the entry of the United States into the League of Nations.

1924 – She was active in supporting her half-brother, Ted Roosevelt in his attempt to become governor of New York.

1931 – Following the death of her husband, she Longworth and her daughter continued to live near Dupont Circle on Massachusetts Avenue, Washington’s Embassy Row.

1932 – She was writing in the Ladies’ Home Journal in October.

1944 – She demolished Thomas Dewey, the opponent of her cousin Franklin, by comparing the pencil-line mustached Republican to “the little man on the wedding cake".

1958 – She was found to be suffering from breast cancer and successfully underwent a mastectomy and was again later found to have cancer that required a second mastectomy.

1980 – Died in her Embassy Row home on the 20th of February of emphysema, pneumonia, cardiac arrest and a number of other extended illnesses at the age of 96. She is buried in Rock Creek Cemetery, Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C.