Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The Little White House in Georgia, part 1
Christmas at Bulloch Hall..." I explained that Mittie Bulloch of Georgia had married Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. Her granddaughter was Eleanor Roosevelt who married Franklin D. Roosevelt, her fifth cousin, once removed. The Roosevelt's ancestor was a Dutch immigrant, Claes Maartenszen van Rosenvelt, who arrived in New York City - then named Nieuw Amsterdam - around the mid 1600s. Claes's last name can be translated as "son of Marten of the rose field." His son Nicholas changed the name to Roosevelt. Claes had two grandsons, Johannes and Jacobus - FDR descended from Jacobus and Eleanor from Johannes. Franklin and Eleanor were married on March 17, 1905 and had six children (one died at 8 months.) Franklin decided to have a career in politics and in 1911 he was elected a New York State senator. At that time he was an athletic man, healthy and about 6'2" tall (1m88.)
FDR designed special hand controls for his cars so he could drive them himself. Each year the State of Georgia issued specialty license plate for his vehicles.