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The loves of Theodore Roosevelt : the women who created a president  Cover Image Book Book

The loves of Theodore Roosevelt : the women who created a president / Edward F. O'Keefe.

O'Keefe, Edward F., (author.).


Theodore Roosevelt wrote in his senior thesis for Harvard in 1880 that women ought to be paid equal to men and have the option of keeping their maiden names upon marriage. It's little surprise he'd be a feminist, given the women he grew up with. His mother, Mittie, was witty and decisive, a Southern belle raising four young children in New York while her husband spent long stretches away with the Union Army. Theodore's college sweetheart and first wife, Alice--so vivacious she was known as Sunshine--steered her beau away from science (he'd roam campus with taxidermy specimens in his pockets) and towards politics. Older sister Bamie would soon become her brother's key political strategist and advisor; journalists called her Washington, DC, home “the Little White House.” Younger sister Conie served as her brother's press secretary before the role existed, slipping stories of his heroics in Cuba and his rambunctious home life to reporters to create the legend of the Rough Rider we remember today. And Edith--Theodore's childhood playmate and second wife--would elevate the role of presidential spouse to an American institution, curating both the White House and her husband's legacy. -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781982145682
  • ISBN: 1982145684
  • Physical Description: xvi, 446 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2024.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 371-424) and index.
Subject: Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 > Relations with women.
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 > Family.
Roosevelt, Martha Bulloch, 1835-1884.
Cowles, Anna Roosevelt, 1855-1931.
Robinson, Corinne Roosevelt, 1861-1933.
Longworth, Alice Roosevelt, 1884-1980.
Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948.
Roosevelt family.
Presidents > Siblings.
Presidents' spouses.
Mothers of presidents.
Genre: Biographies.
Informational works.
Illustrated works.

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  • 5 of 9 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


  • 1 current hold with 9 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 973.91092 O'KEEFE 2024 (Text) 0001012550936 Nonfiction New Checked out 06/29/2024

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