From the Museum

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s Wedding Anniversary

MO 1968.25.33 – Usher’s Stickpin
MO 1949.4.1.1-3 – Wedding Veil Lace
MO 1948.80.3 – Artificial Orange Blossoms
MO 1968.25.53 – Lace Handkerchief

On March 17, 1905, after a year and a half long engagement, Franklin Delano Roosevelt married Anna Eleanor Roosevelt. The 20-year-old bride was escorted down the aisle by her uncle, then President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. The ceremony took place at the New York City home of Eleanor’s great uncle and aunt, Edward and Margaret Livingston Ludlow. The reception took place next door at the home of her cousin, Susan Parish.

Though no photographs of the day are known to exist, several artifacts from the wedding are in the FDR Library’s museum collection. The groom’s ushers were each given a gold, diamond, and pearl stickpin (MO 1968.25.33), shown above, in the style of the Roosevelt family crest. FDR designed this pin and his daughter Anna donated it to the Library in 1967.

Also shown are pieces from Eleanor’s wedding attire, including her veil (MO 1949.4.1.1-3), which was given to her by her maternal grandmother, Mary Livingston Ludlow Hall. The veil is a Point de Gaze Belgian lace and was donated to the Library by Anna in 1948. Eleanor also wore a sprig of artificial orange blossoms in her hair (MO 1948.80.3), which she donated to the Library in 1948, and carried a lace handkerchief (MO 1968.25.53), donated by Anna in 1966.

Below are a series of images from Franklin and Eleanor’s courtship and honeymoon. These photos and hundreds more can be seen in a new exhibit opening this Spring at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum: The Roosevelts: Public Figures, Private Lives.

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3 Responses to From the Museum

  1. Chris says:

    It would be nice if you could post more about the serious and beneficial things Eleanor Roosevelt did during her life rather than this focus on what she wore or who wrote to her.

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  2. fdrlibrary says:

    Chris, thank you for your comment. Our Library blogs about a wide variety of content ranging from the weighty historical to the personal and anecdotal. We share information about our Library’s collections, programs, and the Roosevelt legacy in ways we hope will be interesting to many diverse audiences. We welcome suggestions and requests from our readers regarding topics and content to feature online. You can read more about our Library on our website: http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu.

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  3. Chris says:

    I appreciate what you are doing, but I worry because two generations of young Americans have heard that Eleanor Roosevelt was famous for some reason but have NO idea what she did that made her so important to so many of us.

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