Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The saddest Valentine's Day ever

Teddy Roosevelt's diary, February 14, 1884:

His wife, Alice, died two days after giving birth to their daughter.  May you have a much nicer day, and remember those who don't.


Paladin said...


In spite of differences of opinion with him in some areas, I consider TR a Giant and one of my favorite people ever to hold the office of President.

ProudHillbilly said...

And he never spoke her name again.

Home on the Range said...

His mother Mittie died of typhoid fever on the same day, at 3 am, some eleven hours earlier, in the same house. There are some things that would break most people.

MonteG said...

I just finished the audiobook version of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt during a long-ish road trip. I hadn't realized (or maybe hadn't remembered) that this took place on Valentine's Day. I highly recommend the book, by the way.