Today in American History…Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were Married in 1905

Eleanor Roosevelt on her wedding day.
Photo Credit: Associated Press

Today in American history…Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were married on March 17, 1905. Eleanor was the niece of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Here is the wedding announcement from the New York Times published on March 18, 1905:

One of the most notable weddings of the year was that celebrated yesterday, when Miss Eleanor Roosevelt, daughter of the only brother of President Roosevelt, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a cousin of the President, were married by the Rev. Endicott Peabody of Groton, Conn. at the residence of the bride’s cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Parish Jr., 8 East Seventy-sixth Street.

The bride is an orphan, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Roosevelt, having died a dozen years or more ago. She has been living with Mrs. Parish since her grandmother, Mrs. Valentine G. Hall, gave up her city home and went to the country to live. President Roosevelt gave the bride away.

The ceremony, which was at 3:30 o’clock, and witnessed only by relatives and a few intimate friends, in reality took place in the house of Mrs. E. Livingston Ludlow, Mrs. Parish’s mother, whose house opens directly into her daughter’s by wide sliding doors. The two large drawing rooms on the second floor, done alike in pale amber-yellow satin brocade, were thrown into one large salon running the width of the two houses.

The bride, walking with the President, and preceded by her six bridesmaids, came down the wide flight of stairs leading from the third floor to the second and across the large foyer hall at the rear of the Parish drawing room, through wide doorways and on to a large mantel at the west side of the Ludlow drawing room, where the ceremony took place. First in the bridal procession came the Misses Alice Roosevelt and Corrine Douglas Robinson, followed by the Misses Ellen Delano and Muriel Delano Robbins, and last the Misses Cutting and Isabella Selmes. The attendants were in white faille silk frocks trimmed with lace and silver, and wore tulle veils attached to white Prince of Wales ostrich feathers, tipped with silver, and carried large bouquets of pink roses.

Following came the bride and the President. The bridal gown was a white satin princess robe, flounced and draped with old point lace, and with a white satin court train. The bride’s point lace veil was caught with orange blossoms and a diamond crescent. She wore a pearl collar, the gift of the bridegroom’s mother, and a diamond bowknot, the gift of Mrs. Warren Delano, Jr. Her bouquet was of lilies of the valley.

The bridal procession passed through an aisle formed by the ushers, who held white satin ribbons. The bridegroom, who came from the large foyer hall of the Ludlow house to the salon to meet the bride, was attended by Lathrop Brown as best man, J. Roosevelt Roosevelt, a half brother, not having arrived from the South in time to fill the place. The ushers were Edmund Rogers, Nicholas Biddle, Lyman Delano, Owen Winston, Charles B. Bradley, W.D. Robbins, and Thomas P. Beales of Boston. A small reception followed the ceremony.

The house was decorated throughout with ferns, palms, and pink roses. The bride’s grandmother, Mrs. V.G. Hall, was in black velvet and point lace. The bridegroom’s mother, Mrs. James Roosevelt, was in white silk, covered with black lace. Mrs. E. Livingston Ludlow was in mauve satin and point lace, and Mrs. Henry Parish wore a changeable pale blue and pink silk crepe, with lace sleeves and yoke.

After the reception the newly wed couple left for a bridal trip of a week only. They are to sail in the late Spring for Europe, where they will spend the Summer. Meanwhile, on their return from their bridal trip, they will occupy an apartment at 40 West Forty-fifth Street.

Among the guests asked to the ceremony, besides those mentioned above were: Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Waterbury, Mr. and Mrs. E. Livingston Ludlow, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Robinson, Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Delano, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Price Collier, Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Roosevelt, Mr. and Mrs. Archibald Rogers, Mrs. Endicott Peabody, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Roosevelt, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Welles, Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Scheffelin, Mrs. W.S. Cowles, Miss Ethel Roosevelt, Mr. and Mrs. F.D. Hitch, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Fiorbes, the Misses Roosevelt, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Newbold, Miss Blodgett, Mr. and Mrs. A.A. Low, Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Sloanne.

Among the guests invited to the reception were: J. Coleman Drayton, Mr. and Mrs. Winthrop Chandler, Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Russell, Col. Wiliam Jay and Mrs. Jay, Mr. and Mrs. Amos French, Frederick Newbold, Mr. and Mrs. Geraldyn Redmond, the Misses Fish, Mrs. Vanderbilt, Miss Caroline Drayton, Miss Laura Chanler, Mr. and Mrs. Irving Grinnell, Mr. and Mrs. Goodhue Livingston, Lucius Wilmerding, the Misses Newbold, Henry White, Mr. and Mrs. Henry White, Mr. and Mrs. John Henry Hammond, Miss A. Vanderbilt, Mrs. Tilden Selmes, Mr. and Mrs. B. Fulton Cutting.

The Roosevelt’s on their honeymoon in Newburgh, N.Y., in May 1905.

Photo Credit: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

After an initial honeymoon of a week at Hyde Park, the Roosevelt’s went on a three-month European honeymoon to Britain, France, Italy and Germany.

Photo Credit: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum


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