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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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Jane G. Austin

Author

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Henry III, King of England

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Jane G. Austin

Author

19th cousin 1 time removed
via William de Beauchamp

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Jane G. Austin

Author

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Gilbert de Clare

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Jane G. Austin

Author

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Robert I, Count of Artois

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Jane G. Austin

Author

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Humphrey de Bohun

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Jane G. Austin

Author

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Ferdinand III, King of Castile

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Jane G. Austin

Author

14th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Robert Goushill

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Jane G. Austin

Author

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Enguerrand de Fiennes

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Jane G. Austin

Author

19th cousin 1 time removed
via John FitzAlan

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John Davis Long

32nd Governor of Massachusetts

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Henry III, King of England

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John Davis Long

32nd Governor of Massachusetts

19th cousin 1 time removed
via William de Beauchamp

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John Davis Long

32nd Governor of Massachusetts

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Gilbert de Clare

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John Davis Long

32nd Governor of Massachusetts

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Robert I, Count of Artois

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John Davis Long

32nd Governor of Massachusetts

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Humphrey de Bohun

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John Davis Long

32nd Governor of Massachusetts

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Ferdinand III, King of Castile

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John Davis Long

32nd Governor of Massachusetts

14th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Robert Goushill

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John Davis Long

32nd Governor of Massachusetts

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Enguerrand de Fiennes

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John Davis Long

32nd Governor of Massachusetts

19th cousin 1 time removed
via John FitzAlan

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John Ritter

TV and Movie Actor

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Isabella de Beauchamp

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John Ritter

TV and Movie Actor

21st cousin
via William de Ros

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John Ritter

TV and Movie Actor

20th cousin
via Bartholomew de Badlesmere

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Mary Winthrop Gooding

Prolific Mayflower Descendant

20th cousin
via Henry III, King of England

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Mary Winthrop Gooding

Prolific Mayflower Descendant

20th cousin
via William de Beauchamp

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Mary Winthrop Gooding

Prolific Mayflower Descendant

21st cousin
via Sir Gilbert de Clare

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Mary Winthrop Gooding

Prolific Mayflower Descendant

20th cousin
via Sir Hugh I de Audley

View entire list of famous kin for Eleanor Roosevelt

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