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Eleanor Roosevelt

Ancestry of
Eleanor Roosevelt

First Lady of President Franklin D. Roosevelt


Who was Eleanor Roosevelt?

Today many people are unaware that Eleanor Roosevelt was a Roosevelt before she married her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She was the niece of President Theodore Roosevelt through his brother Elliott, and a 5th cousin once removed to her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Although Eleanor would emerge as one of the most respected and admired of the First Ladies, her life was not without personal tragedy. At the age of 10, Eleanor"s father Elliott Roosevelt committed suicide by jumping out a window. Although he survived the initial fall, he succumbed to his injuries just a few days later.

In 1918, Eleanor discovered that her husband Franklin was having an affair with her social secretary Lucy Mercer. She learned of the affair through the discovery of letters to Lucy found in his suitcase. Eleanor threatened divorce if Franklin did not end the affair which he subsequently did. However, many years later Franklin resumed seeing Lucy and it was she, and not Eleanor, that was with Franklin when he died at Warm Springs, Georgia in 1945.

Eleanor Roosevelt has one of the more prolific ancestries when it comes to famous kin. In addition to the obvious relatives of her uncle President Theodore Roosevelt, and her husband and cousin President Franklin D. Roosevelt, she is also related to Presidents Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, and Benjamin Harrison. Other family relationships include inventor Thomas Edison, the infamous Lee Harvey Oswald, and Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and J.E.B. Stuart.

A descendant of Charlemagne and Alfred the Great, she is more distantly related to President John Quincy Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis & Clark fame), and the notorious Lizzie Borden.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Eleanor Roosevelt

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Amber Stevens West

TV and Movie Actress

21st cousin
via Elizabeth de Badlesmere

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Amber Stevens West

TV and Movie Actress

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Amber Stevens West

TV and Movie Actress

15th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Walter Blount

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Shadoe Stevens

Radio Disc Jockey

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Elizabeth de Badlesmere

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Shadoe Stevens

Radio Disc Jockey

17th cousin 3 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Shadoe Stevens

Radio Disc Jockey

21st cousin
via Sir Richard de Burgh

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Shadoe Stevens

Radio Disc Jockey

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Shadoe Stevens

Radio Disc Jockey

15th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Walter Blount

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Ben Ames Williams

Novelist and Short Story Author

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Isabella de Beauchamp

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Ben Ames Williams

Novelist and Short Story Author

19th cousin 2 times removed
via William de Montagu

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Ben Ames Williams

Novelist and Short Story Author

17th cousin 2 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Angela Y. Davis

Civil Rights Activist
and former Black Panther

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Edmund Mortimer

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Angela Y. Davis

Civil Rights Activist
and former Black Panther

16th cousin 3 times removed
via John of Gaunt

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Angela Y. Davis

Civil Rights Activist
and former Black Panther

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Angela Y. Davis

Civil Rights Activist
and former Black Panther

17th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Ralph Neville

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Angela Y. Davis

Civil Rights Activist
and former Black Panther

17th cousin 2 times removed
via Thomas Holand

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Hal Holbrook

TV and Movie Actor

19th cousin
via Edmund Mortimer

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Hal Holbrook

TV and Movie Actor

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Henry Plantagenet

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Hal Holbrook

TV and Movie Actor

17th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Ralph Neville

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Hal Holbrook

TV and Movie Actor

17th cousin 2 times removed
via Thomas Holand

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Hal Holbrook

TV and Movie Actor

17th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard Woodville

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Linda Gray

TV and Movie Actress

21st cousin
via Elizabeth de Badlesmere

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Linda Gray

TV and Movie Actress

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Brewster H. Shaw

NASA Astronaut

11th cousin 2 times removed
via William Pyle

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Brant Aertz Van Slichtenhorst

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