Henry L. Roosevelt

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Henry L. Roosevelt
Henry Latrobe Roosevelt (Assistant Secretary of the Navy).jpg
Image of Roosevelt from the Cincinnati Enquirer, February 23, 1936
Assistant Secretary of the Navy
In office
March 17, 1933 – February 22, 1936
Preceded byErnest L. Jahncke
Succeeded byCharles Edison
Personal details
Henry Latrobe Roosevelt

(1879-10-05)October 5, 1879
Morristown, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedFebruary 22, 1936(1936-02-22) (aged 56)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Eleanor Morrow
(m. 1902; his death 1936)
RelationsSee Roosevelt family
ParentsNicholas Latrobe Roosevelt
Eleanor Dean
EducationUnited States Naval Academy
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
Years of service1899-1920
RankUS Marine O5 shoulderboard.svg Lieutenant colonel

Henry Latrobe Roosevelt (October 5, 1879 – February 22, 1936) was an Assistant Secretary of the United States Navy and a member of the Roosevelt family.

Early life[edit]

Roosevelt was born on October 5, 1879 in Morristown, New Jersey, to Lieutenant Nicholas Latrobe Roosevelt (1847–1892), USN, who had a naval career of distinction, and Eleanor (née Dean) Roosevelt (1852–1933).[1]

He was a grandson of Nicholas Roosevelt (1767–1854), an inventor and land-owner.[1]

He was a hereditary companion of the California Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States in succession to his father. In 1896, he entered the United States Naval Academy graduated 1900.[2]


On December 8, 1899, Roosevelt was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel before retiring.[2] During his career with the Marine Corps he was stationed in, among other places, Philadelphia, Panama, Cuba and Haiti.[3]

In 1920, he retired from the Marine Corps, and then served as the European manager for the Radio Corporation of America from 1923 to 1928, overseeing the building of large radio stations in Ankara, Turkey, and Warsaw, Poland.[2]

In 1933, he returned to the United States to head the Radio Real Estate Corporation, but was soon selected by Naval Secretary Claude A. Swanson for the post of Assistant Secretary of the Navy in the administration of his distant cousin, President Franklin Roosevelt.[4] He served in the position from March 17, 1933 until his death on February 22, 1936. He became the fourth Roosevelt and fifth member of the Roosevelt family to occupy that office, after Theodore Roosevelt,[5] Franklin D. Roosevelt (the current president at the time), Theodore Roosevelt Jr. and Theodore Douglas Robinson.[2][4] Due to Swanson's poor health, Roosevelt was at times Acting Secretary. He made many tours of inspection and speeches, calling for the strengthening of the navy as a deterrent to war.[2][6]

Personal life[edit]

In 1902, he married Eleanor Morrow (1879–1958),[7] daughter of William W. Morrow (1843–1929), a California Circuit Judge and member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 4th congressional district.[1]

Roosevelt died on February 22, 1936 at Bethesda Naval Hospital of a heart attack following intestinal influenza.[14]


  1. ^ a b c Whittelsey, Charles Barney (1902). The Roosevelt Genealogy, 1649-1902. Press of J.B. Burr & Company. p. 74. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e Schriftgiesser, Karl (1942). The Amazing Roosevelt Family, 1613–1942. Wildred Funk, Inc.
  3. ^ Patterson, Michael Robert. "Henry Latrobe Roosevelt, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Marine Corps". www.arlingtoncemetery.net. Arlington Cemetery. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Another Roosevelt". TIME. 1933-03-27.
  5. ^ "TR Center - Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Henry Latrobe Roosevelt". www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org. Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Big Navy Pledged by H.L. Roosevelt". New York Times. 1933-05-27. p. 7.
  7. ^ "Mrs. Henry Roosevelt". The New York Times. 20 July 1958. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  8. ^ "LOUISE MORRIS TO WED WILLIAM M. ROOSEVELT; Engagement of Philadelphia Girl Announced by Her Father-- No Date Has Been Set". The New York Times. 31 October 1931. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Other Weddings | Roosevelt--Morris". The New York Times. 9 April 1932. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  10. ^ "MISS VERA F. STORY ENGAGED TO MARRY; Philadelphia Girl Fiancee of Henry L. Roosevelt Jr., Cousin of President". The New York Times. 1 November 1936. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  11. ^ "VERA STORY PLANS BRIDAL ON MARCH 2; She Will Be Married to Henry Latrobe Roosevelt Jr. in Philadelphia Church SISTER TO BE ATTENDANT Elizabeth Reeves, Anne Tilden and Martha Hopkins Will Be Among the Bridesmaids". The New York Times. 7 February 1937. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  12. ^ "MISS VERA F. STORY HAS CHURCH BRIDAL; Philadelphia Girl Wed to Henry Latrobe Roosevelt Jr., Kin of the President". The New York Times. 3 March 1937. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Miss Roosevelt Engaged to Wed". New York Times. 1937-01-09. p. 14.
  14. ^ "Henry Roosevelt Dead in Capital". New York Times. 1936-02-23. p. 1.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Ernest L. Jahncke
Assistant Secretary of the Navy
March 17, 1933 – February 22, 1936
Succeeded by
Charles Edison