James Roosevelt
American politician
James Roosevelt
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.
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The Purple Gang - DVD Talk
Google News - over 5 years
In the case of the 1959 film The Purple Gang, it's Congressmen James Roosevelt, stymied by the changing camera positions (or maybe he's looking for Michelle Bachmann in the corner), letting us know that despite the good efforts of police to curtail
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TIMELINE: Mark O. Hatfield - Statesman Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Former Oregon Senator Mark Hatfield receives a Four Freedoms Award from Anne Roosevelt and James Roosevelt Jr. during a 1997 ceremony in Washington. The award, from the Roosevelt Institute, honors Americans whose careers reflect the ideals and
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Debt Deal Doesn't Touch Health Care or Social Security? - Fox Business
Google News - over 5 years
James Roosevelt Jr. joins us right now - the late great president's grandson. James, always good to see you. Thank you very much for coming. JAMES ROOSEVELT, FDR'S GRANDSON: Neil, it's good to be with you. CAVUTO: What do you make of this deal congress
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Potential Medicare payment cuts alarm doctors, hospitals - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
If doctors and hospitals' Medicare reimbursements are cut, they will probably shift the cost onto private insurers, which will in turn pass it on to patients, said James Roosevelt, chief executive of Tufts Health Plan. “That cost shift is a way for the
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James Roosevelt Jr.: Reform medical-cost payment system - Providence Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Last month, Tufts Health Plan held its second Quality Forum, which attracted nearly 75 of Rhode Island's top business leaders, policymakers, health-care providers, decision makers and advocates, all of whom came together with the
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Letter: Roosevelt's sweeping accomplishments demeaned by narrow minds - TCPalm
Google News - over 5 years
At left is Chicago Mayor Edward J. Kelly, and just behind him, James Roosevelt, oldest son of the president. Marvin McIntyre, presidential secretary is at left of Roosevelt. (AP Photo) I have noticed with some consternation that a few letters have been
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Some hospitals back price curbs - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
Ellen Zane, chief executive of Tufts Medical Center, and James Roosevelt — chief executive of Tufts Health Plan, the only insurance company executive on the panel — also said they favor temporary price controls. Lowell General, MetroWest, and Tufts
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Biotech fights Medicare cost panel - Boston Globe
Google News - over 5 years
Health care costs 50 to 60 percent more in the United States than in any other industrialized country because of high payments to doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies, said James Roosevelt Jr. president and chief executive of Tufts Health
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Letters: Kicking the can down the road for 75 years - Knoxville News Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
However, in this month's issue of the AARP newspaper there was an article by James Roosevelt Jr., grandson of President Franklin Roosevelt, who implemented this program. Cutting to the heart of the article, here's his take on the situation: “The
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Examples from Incentive Programs Gone Wrong and Insights from Healthcare ... - PR Newswire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Speakers for the session include James Roosevelt, Jr., President and CEO, Tufts Health Plan, Troyen Brennan, MD, EVP and CMO, CVS Caremark Corporation and Bernard Cohen, MD, VP, Quality, WellCare Health Plans. Keyes notes that in past national meetings
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Vanity overcome leads to love - The Spokesman Review
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James Roosevelt. From the ship, he and his fellow Marines would scramble down landing nets into waiting boats. They went from island to island, engaging the Japanese in fierce jungle combat. One particular skirmish stands out: the battle of Bairoko
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What happened to shared responsibility? - Lexington Herald Leader
Google News - over 5 years
The president's son, James Roosevelt, was a Marine officer who landed behind enemy lines in the Pacific. The former ambassador to Great Britain, Joseph Kennedy, had one son killed in the skies of Europe, and another served with distinction as a naval
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Oyster Bay receives Civil War treasures - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
The collection had been in James Roosevelt's house until it was sold 30 years ago. It includes about 500 separate items in the form of documents, letters and photographs. Much of it relates to the Western Sanitary Commission. James Roosevelt
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The Blue and Gold: Special Historic Archive Edition: Franklin D. Roosevelt ... - my.hsj.org
Google News - over 5 years
At an early age, he took frequent trips to Europe with his mother, Sara Ann Delano, and his father, James Roosevelt. Because of this, he learned French and German. He went to Harvard College. In 1905, He married Anna Elenore
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Senate Considers Potential Social Security Changes - U.S. News & World Report (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
“The critics of our Social Security program tell us to fear that Social Security is not working, to fear that it is bankrupting the country, and to fear that it cannot be counted on in the future,” says James Roosevelt Jr., President Roosevelt's
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Sen. Max Baucus: Keep Social Security Out of Deficit Reduction Plan - AdvisorOne
Google News - almost 6 years
But James Roosevelt, president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan, and President Roosevelt's grandson, countered that “the truth about Social Security is that it has contributed to the financial wellbeing of almost every American family
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Yorty Seeks to Limit LA Mayors to Two Terms - Los Angeles Times (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
James Roosevelt in 1965 (I can't imagine The Times of this era endorsing a Roosevelt, can you?), Bradley against Yorty in 1969 (Bradley was defeated) and again in 1973, when Bradley won. I have been rummaging around the Daily Mirror HQ for my copy of
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Local Veterans Take 'One More Flight With Honor' - thejournal-news.net
Google News - almost 6 years
In 1942-1943, he served in the first campaign with Guadalcanal, serving with President Roosevelt's son, James Roosevelt, who was a Marine officer. Afterward, his unit was sent for rest to New Zealand, where he developed malaria twice
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LETTERS; Polio In the Balance
NYTimes - about 6 years
To the Editor: As a polio survivor, I have long imagined a world free of the disease. Today we are incredibly close to eradicating polio for good. Critics questioned that goal in your article ''In Battle Against Polio, a Call for a Final Salvo'' (Feb. 1). I was 4 when I contracted polio. Six decades later, I get around with crutches and a scooter,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Roosevelt
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1991
    Age 83
    Death Roosevelt died in Newport Beach, California in 1991 of complications arising from a stroke and Parkinson's disease.
    More Details Hide Details He was 83 and was the last surviving child of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Notes Bibliography Retrieved on 2008-07-08
  • 1972
    Age 64
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His writings include Affectionately, FDR (with Sidney Shalett, 1959) and My Parents, a Differing View (with Bill Libby, 1976). The latter was written in part as a response to his brother Elliott Roosevelt's book An Untold Story, which told of FDR's marital issues and was fiercely repudiated by the other siblings. He authored the novel A Family Matter (with Sam Toperoff, 1979), and edited The Liberal Papers, published in 1962. Later Controversy In the 1980s, a non-profit organization established by Roosevelt, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and its associated political action committee, were investigated by the House Ways and Means Committee for questionable money raising practices, and by the Post Office for mail fraud. By direct mail, Roosevelt's group solicited contributions from elderly persons by claiming that Social Security and Medicare programs were in financial jeopardy. Roosevelt also urged contributors to order their Social Security statements of earnings from his group (these are free from the government.)
  • 1971
    Age 63
    Roosevelt later wrote that "As soon as I saw the situation for what it was, in 1971, I resigned my position."
    More Details Hide Details However, this episode resulted in federal charges being laid against Roosevelt and several others, and in a Swiss arrest warrant. Roosevelt returned to California, settling in Newport Beach, and charges were dropped. He became associated with the Nixon Administration in several capacities and remained friendly with Richard Nixon until his death.
  • 1969
    Age 61
    He married his fourth wife, Mary Winskill, teacher to his youngest son "Del," in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details They had one daughter. Children
    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.
    More Details Hide Details When fugitive financier Robert Vesco obtained control of IOS from Bernie Cornfeld and absconded with approximately $200 million, Roosevelt initially stayed on under Vesco.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1966
    Age 58
    Roosevelt resigned from UNESCO in December 1966, and retired to become an executive of the Investors Overseas Service (IOS) in Geneva, Switzerland.
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  • 1965
    Age 57
    He resigned from Congress in October 1965, 10 months into his sixth term, when President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him a delegate to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
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    In April 1965, Roosevelt ran for Mayor of Los Angeles, challenging incumbent Sam Yorty, but lost in the primary.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1956
    Age 48
    In 1956, he married Gladys Irene Owens (c.1917–1987), his receptionist, and they had one son together.
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  • 1955
    Age 47
    He was re-elected to five additional terms and served from 1955 to 1965, resigning during his sixth term.
    More Details Hide Details Roosevelt was one of the first politicians to denounce the tactics of Senator Joseph McCarthy. He was also the only Representative to vote against appropriating funds for the House Un-American Activities Committee.
  • 1954
    Age 46
    In 1954, Roosevelt was elected U.S. Representative from California's 26th congressional district, a "safe" Democratic district.
    More Details Hide Details He won despite a concurrent scandal surrounding his divorce from his second wife, Romelle Schneider. He was forced to admit numerous extramarital affairs that his wife had used to blackmail him, dating back to his father's presidency.
  • 1950
    Age 42
    In 1950, Roosevelt was the Democratic candidate for Governor of California, but lost to Republican incumbent Earl Warren by almost 30% of the votes.
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  • 1948
    Age 40
    Like his brother Elliott, James Roosevelt was prominent in the movement to draft Dwight Eisenhower as the Democratic candidate for President in 1948.
    More Details Hide Details When President Truman was renominated instead, Roosevelt stepped down as state chairman on August 8. He remained a Democratic National Committeeman until 1952.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1946
    Age 38
    On July 21, 1946, Roosevelt became chairman of the California State Democratic Central Committee.
    More Details Hide Details He also began making daily radio broadcasts of political commentary.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He later became president of Roosevelt and Company, Inc.
  • 1945
    Age 37
    He was released from active duty in August 1945 and was placed on the inactive list in October 1945.
    More Details Hide Details He continued in the Marine Corps Reserve, and retired on October 1, 1959 with the advanced rank of brigadier general. Roosevelt suffered from flat feet, and while other Marines were required to wear boots, he was allowed to wear sneakers. Roosevelt's military decorations and awards include: For the President, Chester W. Nimitz
  • 1944
    Age 36
    He was promoted to colonel on April 13, 1944.
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  • 1943
    Age 35
    Beginning in August 1943, he served in various staff positions during the rest of the war.
    More Details Hide Details He was attached to and landed with the U.S. Army's 165th Regimental Combat Team, 27th infantry Division during the invasion of Makin on November 20–23, and was awarded the Silver Star by the Army.
    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.
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  • 1942
    Age 34
    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.
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  • 1941
    Age 33
    After Japan's Attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Roosevelt requested assignment to combat duty and was transferred to the Marine Raiders in January 1942, a new Marine Corps commando force, and became second-in-command of the 2nd Raider Battalion under Evans Carlson (Carlson's Raiders) whom Roosevelt knew when Carlson commanded the Marine Detachment at the Warm Springs, Georgia residence of Franklin Roosevelt.
    More Details Hide Details Roosevelt's influence helped win presidential backing for the Raiders, who were opposed by Marine Corps traditionalists.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The leaders contacted included Chiang Kai-shek in China, King Farouk in Egypt, and King George of Greece. During this trip, Roosevelt came under German air attack in both Crete and Iraq. In the African/Middle Eastern portion of the mission, he traveled with Britain's Lord Mountbatten as far as Bathurst in the Gambia. They reported on trans-African air ferry conditions, an important concern of FDR and Winston Churchill at the time. In August, Roosevelt joined the staff of William J. Donovan, Coordinator of Information, with the job of working out the exchange of information with other agencies.
  • 1940
    Age 32
    He went on active duty in November 1940.
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  • 1939
    Age 31
    World War II broke out in Europe in September 1939; the following month Roosevelt resigned the lieutenant colonel's commission that he had been given in 1936, and was instead commissioned as a captain in the Marine Corps Reserve.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Roosevelt also produced the film Pot o' Gold and distributed the British film Pastor Hall. During his Hollywood period, Roosevelt became involved with Joseph Schenck, the movie mogul who funnelled mob money to the Democratic Party. Schenck also lent money for Roosevelt's movie. When Schenck was jailed for income tax evasion, Roosevelt interceded with his father to pardon him, but again Henry Morgenthau, Jr. vetoed the plan. Roosevelt later wrote that "Stories appeared that I was mixed up with Mafia mobsters."
  • 1938
    Age 30
    Roosevelt resigned from his White House position in November 1938.
    More Details Hide Details After leaving the White House, Roosevelt moved to Hollywood, California, where he first accepted a job as a $750/week administrative assistant for motion picture producer Samuel Goldwyn. He was on Goldwyn's payroll until November 1940.
    In July 1938, there were allegations that James Roosevelt had used his political position to steer lucrative business to his insurance firm.
    More Details Hide Details He had to publish his income tax returns and denied these allegations in an NBC broadcast and an interview in Collier's magazine. This became known as the Jimmy's Got It affair after Alva Johnston's reportage in the Saturday Evening Post.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1937
    Age 29
    He became White House coordinator for eighteen federal agencies in October 1937.
    More Details Hide Details James Roosevelt was considered among his father's most important counselors. Time magazine suggested he might be considered "Assistant President of the United States".
    On January 6, 1937, he was officially appointed "administrative assistant to the President"; on July 1, 1937, he was appointed Secretary to the President.
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    He resigned from the firm in 1937, when he officially went to work in the White House, but retained his half ownership.
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  • 1936
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He accompanied his father to the Inter-American Conference at Buenos Aires in December as a military aide.
  • 1933
    Age 25
    He was also a delegate from Massachusetts to the Constitutional Convention for the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.
    More Details Hide Details Roosevelt was a close protege of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.. In 1934, the two journeyed to England to obtain the market in post-prohibition liquor imports. Many of Roosevelt's controversial business ventures were aided by Kennedy, including his maritime insurance interests, and the National Grain Yeast Corp. affair (1933-5). Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau, Jr. threatened to resign unless FDR forced James to leave the latter company, suspected of being a front for bootlegging. James Roosevelt was instrumental in securing Kennedy's appointment as ambassador to the Court of St. James. In April 1936, Presidential Secretary Louis Howe died. James Roosevelt unofficially assumed Howe's duties.
  • 1932
    Age 24
    In 1932, he headed FDR's Massachusetts campaign; he made about two hundred campaign speeches that year.
    More Details Hide Details Though FDR lost the Massachusetts Democratic primary (to Smith), he easily carried Massachusetts in the November election. James Roosevelt was viewed as his father's political deputy in Massachusetts, allocating patronage in alliance with Boston mayor James Curley.
    In 1932 he started his own insurance agency, Roosevelt and Sargent, in partnership with John A. Sargent.
    More Details Hide Details As president of Roosevelt & Sargent, he made a substantial fortune (about $500,000).
  • 1930
    Age 22
    He graduated from Harvard in 1930 and was elected permanent treasurer of his class.
    More Details Hide Details After graduation, Roosevelt enrolled in the Boston University School of Law. He also took a sales job with Boston insurance agent Victor De Gerard. Roosevelt was so successful that within a year, he abandoned his law studies.
  • 1928
    Age 20
    In 1928, he and some Harvard classmates campaigned for Democratic Presidential nominee Al Smith.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1926
    Age 18
    After graduation in 1926, he attended Harvard College, where he rowed with the freshman and junior varsity crews.
    More Details Hide Details At Harvard he followed some family traditions, joining the Signet Society and Hasty Pudding Club, of which both his father and his maternal granduncle and paternal fifth cousin once removed, President Theodore Roosevelt, had been members, as well as the Fly Club, which his father had joined, and Institute of the 1770.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1907
    Born
    Born on December 23, 1907.
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