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Title Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt
Collection First Lady Dolls
Catalog Number 2015.017.028
Description Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt (1861-1884
Wife of Theodore Roosevelt - First Lady from 1901-1909.

Edith Kermit Carow's earliest life was intertwined with that of Theodore Roosevelt. From the time she was a toddler she had been raised alongside his sister, Corinne Roosevelt. As young children, Edith Carow and Theodore Roosevelt formed an extremely close bond as friends and companions.
Despite leaving New York to go to Harvard College in the fall of 1876, Theodore continued his friendship with Edith and she even joined his family in visiting there in 1877. From within the family, it later emerged that he had proposed marriage to her that year and the following year. Established is the fact that they had a heated quarrel in the summer of 1878. Returning to Harvard in the fall, Roosevelt met and married Alice Hathaway Lee. Edith did attended their wedding in 1880. Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt died, after giving birth to their only child on February 14, 1884.
In the eighteen months following the death of his wife, Theodore Roosevelt made only brief visits to New York. He focused on the Dakota ranch lands he had purchased and was developing. He carefully avoided any direct contact with Edith Carow, but they had a chance meeting at the home of his sister in September 1886.
December 2, 1886, at the age of 25, Edith Kermit Carow and Theodore Roosevelt were married in London, England.
While Edith chose motherhood as the focus of her life, she did not disdain those who pursued higher educations and professional careers. She would come to eventually support a woman's right to vote.
When McKinley was assassinated, Edith was thrust into the role of First Lady and her husband would become the President of the United States of America. At the Inaugural Ball in 1905, she wore an American made pale blue gown with a gold medallion pattern. Edith was 40 years old.
Event Bicentennial First Lady Doll Exhibit - Community Project
Creator Park, Phyllis Juhlin
Costume Costume by Alice Guerin
Given Given by the Little Gallery of Arts
Source Uintah County Library