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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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Melville Fuller

8th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

21st cousin
via Sir Gilbert de Clare

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Melville Fuller

8th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Hugh I de Audley

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Melville Fuller

8th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

18th cousin 1 time removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Melville Fuller

8th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

13th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Thomas Blount

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Melville Fuller

8th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

20th cousin
via Sir Hugh le Despencer

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Melville Fuller

8th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

15th cousin 2 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Melville Fuller

8th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Maurice de Berkeley

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Rev. John Whittingham

(c1616 - 1639)
Great Migration Immigrant 1637

11th cousin 8 times removed
via Sir Alan la Zouche

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Samuel Cony

31st Governor of Maine

14th cousin 3 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Samuel Cony

31st Governor of Maine

19th cousin 2 times removed
via William de Braiose

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Samuel Cony

31st Governor of Maine

16th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir Maurice de Berkeley

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir William de Ros

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

16th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Richard Plantagenet

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

21st cousin
via Sir Maurice de Berkeley

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

17th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Robert Goushill

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

19th cousin
via John de Mowbray

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

20th cousin
via Sir Thomas de Beauchamp

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

15th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Hugh Luttrell

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Henry Sturgis Morgan

Co-Founder of Morgan Stanley

21st cousin
via John, King of England

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J.P. Morgan, Jr.

American Banker and Philanthropist

20th cousin 1 time removed
via John, King of England

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Lizzie Borden

Accused Murderess

21st cousin
via John, King of England

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Robert Abell

(c1605 - 1663)
Great Migration Immigrant 1630

12th cousin 9 times removed
via John, King of England

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Grover Cleveland

22nd and 24th U.S. President

19th cousin 2 times removed
via John, King of England

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Allen Dulles

5th Director of the C.I.A.

21st cousin
via John, King of England

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John Foster Dulles

52nd U.S. Secretary of State

21st cousin
via John, King of England

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