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Theodore Roosevelt and family

Theodore Roosevelt and family
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Artist
Harris & Ewing Studio, active 1905 - 1977
Sitter
Theodore Roosevelt, 27 Oct 1858 - 6 Jan 1919
Nicholas Longworth, 5 Nov 1869 - 9 Apr 1931
Ethel Kermit Carow Roosevelt, 13 Aug 1891 - 10 Dec 1977
Kermit Roosevelt, 10 Oct 1889 - 4 Jun 1943
Quentin Roosevelt, 19 Nov 1897 - 14 Jul 1918
Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt, 6 Aug 1861 - 30 Sep 1948
Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., 13 Sep 1887 - 12 Jul 1944
Archibald Bulloch Roosevelt, 1894 - 1979
Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth, 12 Feb 1884 - 20 Feb 1980
Date
1908-1909
Type
Photograph
Medium
Toned gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Sheet (Verified): 25.1 × 32.5 cm (9 7/8 × 12 13/16")
Mat (Verified): 40.6 × 55.9 cm (16 × 22")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Joanna Sturm
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Object number
NPG.81.126
Exhibition Label
When this photograph was taken, the president’s family was preparing to leave the White House and Roosevelt’s hand-picked successor, William Taft, was expected to become president. Immediately after his presidency, Roosevelt would travel to British East Africa (present-day Kenya). He had been planning, in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution, a large safari to collect specimens for the national museum. Roosevelt would just be fifty, young for an ex-president but not for the formidable risks of hunting big game. He had decided to take along his nineteen-year-old bookish son Kermit (second from left), as he wanted to toughen up the fragile young man and remove him from the influence of his mother. Edith Roosevelt had reconciled herself to her husband’s craving for risk and adventure, trusting that Theodore’s seeming invincibility would protect her more vulnerable son.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Place
United States\District of Columbia\Washington