Source: The Part Taken by Women in American History
Source type: book
Document type: article
Document title: “Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt”
Author(s): Logan, Mary S.
Publisher: Perry-Nalle Publishing Co.
Place of publication: Wilmington, Delaware
Year of publication: 1912
|Logan, Mary S. “Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt.” The Part Taken by Women in American History. Wilmington: Perry-Nalle, 1912: pp. 282-83.|
|full text of article; excerpt of book|
|Edith Roosevelt (personal history); Edith Roosevelt (personal character).|
|Charles Carow; Gertrude Elizabeth Carow; Edith Roosevelt; Theodore Roosevelt.|
|From title page: By Mrs. John A. Logan.|
Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt
The fearful tragedy which made
Vice-President Roosevelt President of the United States was so overwhelming
in its effect that no one thought of the consequences on society of such a sudden
change in the administration, or seemed to give any thought as to Mrs. Roosevelt’s
fitness for the position of Mistress of the White House.
Fortunately there was no need of anxiety, as Mrs. Roosevelt was reared amidst the luxuries of life and had received every advantage for the cultivation of her superior mind. With a heart full of tenderness and absolutely without guile, Mrs. Roosevelt had little to learn when she assumed the duties of presiding over the White House. She was so well informed on all subjects of which many women are ignorant that she was well equipped to meet the most learned and cultured people of the land. She was so gracious and natural in her manner that she inspired the confidence and admiration of all who met her. She was a devoted wife and mother. She disliked notoriety and was so simple and refined in her tastes that critics had little ground for discussion as to what she did or what she wore. Her aversion to gossip and her reticence more than once silenced would-be detractors. Her influence was ever exerted for true loyalty, freedom and humanity and it  can truthfully be said that her departure from the White House was much regretted.
Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt was born at Norwich, Connecticut, August 6, 1861. She was the daughter of Charles and Gertrude Elizabeth Carow. She was educated at Comstock School, New York. Married Theodore Roosevelt at St. George’s Church, London, December 2, 1886. She is the mother of four sons and one daughter.