James Roosevelt

Born Dec 23, 1907

James Roosevelt was the oldest son of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was a United States Congressman, an officer in the United States Marine Corps, an aide to his father, the official Secretary to the President, a Democratic Party activist, and a businessman with varied interests.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of James Roosevelt.


1907 Birth Born on December 23, 1907.


1926 18 Years Old After graduation in 1926, he attended Harvard College, where he rowed with the freshman and junior varsity crews. … Read More


1928 - 1930 2 More Events
1932 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1932 he started his own insurance agency, Roosevelt and Sargent, in partnership with John A. Sargent. … Read More
1933 25 Years Old He was also a delegate from Massachusetts to the Constitutional Convention for the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. … Read More
1936 28 Years Old Soon after the 1936 re-election of FDR, James Roosevelt was given a direct commission as a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps, which caused public controversy for its obvious political implications. … Read More
He resigned from the firm in 1937, when he officially went to work in the White House, but retained his half ownership.


1938 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 1938, there were allegations that James Roosevelt had used his political position to steer lucrative business to his insurance firm. … Read More
1939 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1939 he set up "Globe Productions", a company to produce short films for penny arcades, but the company was liquidated in 1944 while James was on active duty with the Marine Corps. … Read More
1940 32 Years Old He went on active duty in November 1940.
1941 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 1941, President Roosevelt sent James Roosevelt on a secret, world-circling diplomatic mission to assure numerous governments that the United States would soon be in the war. … Read More
1942 34 Years Old Despite occasionally debilitating health problems, Roosevelt served with the 2nd Raiders at Midway as a major in early June 1942 and in the Makin Island raid on August 17–18, 1942, where he and several others were awarded the Navy Cross.
1943 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In October, he was given command of the new 4th Raiders, but during training for an upcoming combat operation he became ill enough to be hospitalized in February 1943.
1944 36 Years Old He was promoted to colonel on April 13, 1944.
1945 37 Years Old He was released from active duty in August 1945 and was placed on the inactive list in October 1945. … Read More
1946 38 Years Old 1 More Event
After the war, Roosevelt returned to live in California. He rejoined Roosevelt and Sargent as an executive vice president, and established the company's office in Los Angeles. In 1946 he became chairman of the board of Roosevelt and Haines, successor to Roosevelt and Sargent. … Read More


1948 - 1950 2 More Events
1954 46 Years Old In 1954, Roosevelt was elected U.S. Representative from California's 26th congressional district, a "safe" Democratic district. … Read More
1955 47 Years Old He was re-elected to five additional terms and served from 1955 to 1965, resigning during his sixth term. … Read More
1956 48 Years Old In 1956, he married Gladys Irene Owens (c.1917–1987), his receptionist, and they had one son together.


1965 57 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 1965, Roosevelt ran for Mayor of Los Angeles, challenging incumbent Sam Yorty, but lost in the primary.
1966 58 Years Old Roosevelt resigned from UNESCO in December 1966, and retired to become an executive of the Investors Overseas Service (IOS) in Geneva, Switzerland.


1969 61 Years Old 1 More Event
Roosevelt joined IOS despite the overseas firm's concurrent investigation by the SEC for numerous irregularities. In Geneva in May 1969, during the unraveling of IOS, Roosevelt's third wife, Irene Owens, stabbed him "eight times" with his "own Marine combat knife" while he was preparing divorce proceedings. … Read More
1971 63 Years Old Roosevelt later wrote that "As soon as I saw the situation for what it was, in 1971, I resigned my position." … Read More
1972 64 Years Old Despite having been a liberal Democrat all of his life, Roosevelt joined Democrats for Nixon and publicly supported President Nixon's 1972 re-election, and also supported Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984. … Read More
1991 84 Years Old Death Roosevelt died in Newport Beach, California in 1991 of complications arising from a stroke and Parkinson's disease. … Read More
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