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The Roosevelt family is an American business and political family from New York whose members have included two United States Presidents, a First Lady, and various merchants, politicians, inventors, clergymen, artists, and socialites. Progeny of a mid-17th century Dutch immigrant to New Amsterdam, many members of the family became locally prominent in New York City business and politics and intermarried with prominent colonial families. Two distantly related branches of the family from Oyster Bay on Long Island and Hyde Park in Dutchess County rose to national political prominence with the elections of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt (1901–1909) and his fifth cousin Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933–1945), whose wife, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, was Theodore's niece.

The earliest known ancestor of the family was a man from the Netherlands named Claes van Rosenvelt. It has been suggested that he was related to the Van Rosevelts of Oud-Vossemeer, who were amt lords in the Tholen region of the Netherlands. While evidence suggests that Claes van Rosenvelt indeed came from the Tholen region where the Van Roosevelts were landowners, no records exist that prove that he is related to the noble family. It may simply be a coincidence, or Claes van Rosenvelt may have chosen the name purposefully because of its noble origins or to honor his local amt lord, as was common practice for peasants of the time.

Claes Martenszen van Rosenvelt (c. 1626 - 1659), the immigrant ancestor of the Roosevelt family, arrived in New Amsterdam (present day New York City) some time between 1638 and 1649. About the year 1652, he bought a farm from Lambert van Valckenburgh comprising 24 morgens (that is, 20.44 ha or 50.51 acres) in what is now Midtown Manhattan, including the present site of the Empire State Building. The property included approximately what is now the area between Lexington Avenue and Fifth Avenue bounded by 29th St. and 35th St.

Claes' son Nicholas was the first to use the spelling Roosevelt and the first to hold political office, as an alderman. Nicholas' children Johannes and Jacobus were, respectively, the progenitors of the Oyster Bay and Hyde Park branches of the family. By the late 19th century, the Hyde Park Roosevelts were generally associated with the Democratic Party and the Oyster Bay Roosevelts with the Republican Party. President Theodore Roosevelt, an Oyster Bay Roosevelt, was the uncle of Eleanor Roosevelt later wife of Franklin Roosevelt. Despite political differences that caused family members to actively campaign against each other, the two branches generally remained friendly.

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Theodore Roosevelt Association,. Roosevelt family photographs copied from albums at Sagamore Hill, 1924. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Cowles, William Sheffield, 1898-1986. Reminiscences of William Sheffield Cowles, Mrs. William Sheffield Cowles, and Mrs. Joseph Alsop : oral history, 1954. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Morison, Elting Elmore. Theodore Roosevelt Collection: manuscript copies, 18-- -19--. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Roosevelt family. Papers donated by the children of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt, [ca. 1686]-1959. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Oyster Bay, N.Y.). Genealogy collection, 1860-1948. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. Theodore Roosevelt papers, 1759-1993 (bulk 1878-1919). Library of Congress
referencedIn Daniel Carter Beard Papers, 1798-1941, (bulk 1931-1935) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Oyster Bay, N.Y.). Library research files, ca. 1900-1990, 1953-1990(bulk). Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Dickerman, Marion, 1890-1983. Reminiscences of Marion Dickerman : oral history, 1971. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Roosevelt family. Papers, 1469-1962. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Charles S. Hamlin Papers, 1869-1968, (bulk 1880-1938) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Delano, Franklin H. Household inventory, [ca.1881-1889?]. Winterthur Library
referencedIn Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Oyster Bay, N.Y.). Photograph collection, ca. 1860-1990. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Roosevelt, Jacobus, 1691 or 2-1776. List of the children of Jacobus Roosevelt, [ca. 1740]. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Roosevelt family. Autographs, 1900-1966. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Phillips, Annette Townsend, 1884-. Addenda to the Walton family of New York 1630-1940, by Annette Townsend Phillips, 1952. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Fields, Alonzo. Papers, 1939-1953. Harry S. Truman Library
creatorOf Sidney Shalett papers, 1937-1965 Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries
referencedIn Archibald Roosevelt Papers, 1838-2002, (bulk 1942-1990) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Roosevelt family. Addresses relating to Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1945-1980. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. Correspondence and compositions, 1772-1946 (inclusive) 1873-1919 (bulk). Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Budner, Lawrence H. Doris A. and Lawrence H. Budner collection on Theodore Roosevelt, 1867-1918, bulk 1900-1920. Southern Methodist University, DeGolyer Library
referencedIn Butt, Archibald Willingham, 1866-1912. Archibald Willingham Butt letters, 1908-1912 [microform]. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Hagner, Peter, 1772-1850. Peter Hagner papers, 1730-1940 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Belknap, Waldron Phoenix, 1899-1949. Family papers, 1799-1849. Winterthur Library
referencedIn Penninck, James. An ancestor of former president Roosevelt / by James Pennick, [1960]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Theodore Roosevelt Association. Records, 1919-1990, 1970-1990 (bulk). Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Roosevelt Memorial Association. Theodore Roosevelt Collection: summary, 18-- -19--. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Roosevelt, Theodore, 1887-1944. Papers of Theodore Roosevelt, 1780-1962 (bulk 1920-1944). Library of Congress
referencedIn Hamlin, Charles S. (Charles Sumner), 1861-1938. Charles S. Hamlin papers, 1869-1968 (bulk 1880-1938). Library of Congress
referencedIn Roosevelt, Theodore, 1831-1878. Theodore Roosevelt family papers, 1810-1919 (bulk 1849-1877). Library of Congress
referencedIn Longworth, Alice Roosevelt, 1884-1980. Alice Roosevelt Longworth papers, 1888-1942 (bulk 1899-1936). Library of Congress
creatorOf Roosevelt family. Reminiscences by contemporaries of Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1934-1973. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Victoria Henrietta Kugler Nesbitt Papers, 1933-1949 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Bridges, Robert, 1858-1941. Theodore Roosevelt Collection: manuscripts--Roosevelt family papers, 18-- - 19--. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Roosevelt, Archibald, 1918-1990. Archibald Roosevelt papers, 1838-2002 (bulk 1942-1990). Library of Congress
referencedIn Theodore Roosevelt Papers, 1780-1962, (bulk 1920-1944) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Andrews, Avery Delano, 1864-1959. Theodore Roosevelt Collection: manuscripts--Theodore Roosevelt papers, 18-- - 19--. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Roosevelt, Robert Barnwell, 1829-1906. Robert Barnwell Roosevelt papers, 1857-1899, undated. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Roosevelt, Archibald, 1918-1990. Papers, 1838-1988 (bulk 1942-1947). Library of Congress
referencedIn Oppenheim, Amy Schwartz, 1878-1955. Amy Schwartz Oppenheim papers, ca. 1897-1955. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Longworth, Alice Roosevelt, 1884-1980. Family papers, 1878-1918. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Nesbitt, Victoria Henrietta Kugler, 1874-1963. Papers of Victoria Henrietta Kugler Nesbitt, 1933-1949. Library of Congress
referencedIn Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. Theodore Roosevelt family letters to the Russell family, 1881-1925 (bulk 1901-1918) Princeton University Library
referencedIn Theodore Roosevelt Association project : oral history, 1953-1955. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Amy Schwartz Oppenheim papers, ca. 1897-1955 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Dorothy Kemp Roosevelt Papers, 1922-1985 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Elmendorf, Dwight L. (Dwight Lathrop), 1859-1929. Theodore Roosevelt Collection: visual materials, 185- -<ongoing>. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Robinson, Helen Roosevelt, 1882-1962. Reminiscences of Helen Rebecca Roosevelt Robinson : oral history, [195-?]. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Nassau County Historical Museum. Postcard collection, 1905-1989. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Sinkler and Roosevelt family papers, 1899-1957 Highlands Historical Society
referencedIn Roosevelt's Jewish Ancestry : reprint, 1934-1938. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Oyster Bay, N.Y.). Miscellaneous documents, 1653-1955. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Oyster Bay, N.Y.). Museum research files, ca. 1900-1990, 1953-1990(bulk). Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Cole, Corinne Robinson Alsop, 1886-1971. Family papers, 1853-1954. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Latrobe and Roosevelt family collection, 1820-1921 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Thompson, Grace, Papers University of West Florida Libraries
referencedIn Nicholas Roosevelt Papers, 1846-1962 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Mathewson, Louis Clark, b. 1884. Roosevelt-Delano Family genealogy, 1945 March, Hanover, N.H. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Doris A. and Lawrence H. Budner collection on Theodore Roosevelt A1998. 2200 and Vault A1998. 2200c., 1867-2006, 1900-1920 DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University
referencedIn Theodore Roosevelt Papers, 1759-1993, (bulk 1878-1919) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Alice Roosevelt Longworth Papers, 1888-1942, (bulk 1899-1936) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Pach Brothers Portrait Photograph Collection, 1867-1947, undated (bulk 1880-1940) © 2011 New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Hoffman, Alice (Alice G.). Alice Green Hoffman papers, 1911-1945 [manuscript]. East Carolina University, Joyner Library
referencedIn Roosevelt, Robert Barnwell, 1829-1906. Robert Barnwell Roosevelt papers, 1888-1897. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn King, Isabella Greenway, 1886-1953. Greenway papers, 1860-1953 (bulk 1890-1936). Arizona Historical Society, Southern Arizona Division
referencedIn Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962. Roosevelt family collection, 1911-1959. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Hagen, Ernest F., 1830-1913. Papers, 1881-1913, 1988. Winterthur Library
referencedIn Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. Franklin D. Roosevelt papers, 1918-1946. Library of Congress
creatorOf Roosevelt Family. Estate Papers, 1860-1915. American Periodical Series I
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associatedWith Anderson, Marian, 1897-1993 person
associatedWith Aspinwall, Louisa E. person
associatedWith Astor, Vincent. person
associatedWith Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956 person
correspondedWith Beard, Daniel Carter, 1850-1941 person
associatedWith Belknap, Waldron Phoenix, 1899-1949. person
associatedWith Biddle, George, 1885-1973. person
associatedWith Budner, Lawrence H. person
associatedWith Budner, Lawrence H. person
associatedWith Bundy, McGeorge. person
associatedWith Butt, Archibald Willingham, 1866-1912. person
associatedWith Byrd, Richard Evelyn, 1888-1957. person
associatedWith Cole, Corinne Robinson Alsop, 1886-1971. person
associatedWith Cook, Nancy, 1882-1941. person
associatedWith Cormack, G. A. person
associatedWith Coughlin, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1881-1979. person
associatedWith Cowles, Anna Roosevelt. person
associatedWith Cowles, William Sheffield, 1898-1986. person
associatedWith Delano, Catherine Robbins Lyman. person
associatedWith Delano, Edward. person
associatedWith Delano family. family
associatedWith Delano, Franklin H. person
associatedWith Delano, Franklin H. person
associatedWith Delano, Frederic Adrian, 1863-1953. person
associatedWith Delano, Warren, 1809-1898. person
associatedWith Dewson, Molly, 1874-1962. person
associatedWith Dickerman, Marion, 1890-1983. person
associatedWith Douglas, William O. (William Orville), 1898-1980. person
associatedWith Farley, Barney. person
associatedWith Farley, James Aloysius, 1888- person
associatedWith Farley, James Aloysius, 1888- person
associatedWith Fields, Alonzo. person
associatedWith Finletter, Thomas K. (Thomas Knight), 1893-1980. person
associatedWith Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965. person
associatedWith Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965. person
associatedWith Greenway, Isabella. person
associatedWith Hagen, Ernest F., 1830-1913. person
associatedWith Hagner, Peter, 1772-1850. person
associatedWith Hall, Mary Livingston Ludlow, 1843-1919. person
associatedWith Hall, Valentine Gill, 1834-1880. person
associatedWith Hamlin, Charles S. (Charles Sumner), 1861-1938 person
associatedWith Hamlin, Charles S. (Charles Sumner), 1861-1938. person
associatedWith Hamlin, Huybertie Lansing Pruyn, 1873-1964. person
associatedWith Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986. person
associatedWith Hoffman, Alice (Alice G.) person
associatedWith House, Edward Mandell, 1858-1938. person
associatedWith Howe, Louis McHenry, 1871-1936. person
associatedWith Howe, Louis McHenry, 1871-1936. person
associatedWith Hunt, Thomas. person
associatedWith Hunt, Virginia Livingston. person
associatedWith Hurst, Fannie, 1889-1968. person
associatedWith Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973. person
associatedWith Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963. person
associatedWith King, Isabella Greenway, 1886-1953. person
associatedWith La Guardia, Fiorello H. (Fiorello Henry), 1882-1947. person
associatedWith Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820 person
associatedWith Latrobe family family
associatedWith Latrobe, John H. B. (John Hazlehurst Boneval), 1803-1891 person
correspondedWith Longworth, Alice Roosevelt, 1884-1980 person
correspondedWith Longworth, Alice Roosevelt, 1884-1980. person
associatedWith Longworth, Alice Roosevelt, 1884-1980. person
associatedWith Lovett, Charles. person
associatedWith Ludlow, Edward Livingston. person
associatedWith Ludlow, Elizabeth Livingston. person
associatedWith MacDonald, Helen P. person
associatedWith Martha, Crown Princess of Norway. person
associatedWith Marvin, Langdon Parker, 1876-1957. person
associatedWith Mathewson, Louis Clark, b. 1884. person
associatedWith McGirr, Newman F. person
associatedWith McIntyre, Marvin Hunter, 1878-1943. person
associatedWith Muskie, Edmund S., 1914-1996. person
associatedWith Nassau County Historical Museum. corporateBody
associatedWith Nesbitt, Victoria Henrietta Kugler, 1874-1963 person
associatedWith Nesbitt, Victoria Henrietta Kugler, 1874-1963. person
associatedWith Norton, Lily. person
associatedWith O'Connor, Basil, 1892-1972 person
associatedWith Oppenheim, Amy Schwartz, 1878-1955 person
associatedWith Oppenheim, Amy Schwartz, 1878-1955. person
associatedWith Parish, Susan Ludlow. person
associatedWith Peabody, Endicott, 1920-1997. person
associatedWith Penninck, James. person
associatedWith Phillips, Annette Townsend, 1884- person
associatedWith Pittman, Key, 1872-1940. person
associatedWith Princeton University. corporateBody
associatedWith Robinson, Corinne Roosevelt. person
associatedWith Robinson, Helen Roosevelt, 1881-1962. person
associatedWith Robinson, Helen Roosevelt, 1882-1962. person
associatedWith Rodney, Henry. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Anna, 1906-1975. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Anna Hall, d. 1892- person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Archibald, 1918-1990 person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Archibald, 1918-1990. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Archibald, 1918-1990. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Caroline Sinkler, 1860-1949 person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Dorothy Kemp, 1899? -1985 person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Elbert. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Elliott, 1910-1990. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Emily Wharton Sinkler, 1884-1970 person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1914- person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Hall, 1891-1941. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Hall, 1891-1941. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Harriet. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Helen. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Henry L. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Isaac. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Isaac, 1726-1794. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Isaac, 1790-1863. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Jacobus, 1691 or 2-1776. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Jacobus, 1692-1776. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, James. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, James, 1760-1847. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, James, 1828-1900. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, James, 1907-1991. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, James, 1907-1991. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, James R. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, James Roosevelt, 1854-1927. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, James Roosevelt, 1854-1927. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, John A. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, John Aspinwall, 1840-1909. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, John Aspinwall, 1916-1981. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Lydia Latrobe. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Martha Bulloch. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Mary R. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Mary Rebecca Aspinwall, d. 1886. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Nicholas, 1893-1982 person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Nicholas Guy, 1883-1969 person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Nicholas J., 1767-1854 person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Nicholas Latrobe, 1847-1892 person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Rebecca Brien Howland, 1831-1876. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Rebecca H. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Robert Barnwell, 1829-1906. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Robert Barnwell, 1829-1906. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Sara Delano, 1854-1941. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Sara Delano, 1854-1941. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1831-1878. person
correspondedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 person
correspondedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919. person
correspondedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1887-1944. person
associatedWith Rosenman, Samuel Irving, 1896-1973. person
associatedWith Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Schlesinger, Arthur Meier, 1917- person
associatedWith Shalett, Sidney, 1911-1965 person
associatedWith Shoumatoff, Elizabeth person
associatedWith Sims, William Sowden, 1858-1936. person
associatedWith Sinkler family family
associatedWith Smith, Alfred Emanuel, 1873-1944. person
associatedWith Smith, Catherine. person
associatedWith Souvestre, Marie. person
associatedWith Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965. person
associatedWith Suckley, Margaret. person
associatedWith Theodore Roosevelt Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Thompson, Grace C., 1918-2001 person
associatedWith Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972. person
associatedWith United States. Navy Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Secret Service. corporateBody
associatedWith Van Curan, Alma. person
associatedWith Vanderbilt, Cornelius, 1898-1974. person
associatedWith Wallace, Henry Agard, 1888- person
associatedWith Wilson, Edith, 1896-1981. person
associatedWith Winchell, Walter, 1897-1972. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Kingdom of the Netherlands 00 NL
Hyde Park NY US
Oyster Bay NY US
New York City NY US
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