- James Roosevelt
Infobox Military Person
name= James Roosevelt
born= birth date|1907|12|23
died= death date and age|1991|8|13|1907|12|23
New York City, New York
Newport Beach, California
caption= BGen James Roosevelt
allegiance= United States of America
United States Marine Corps
serviceyears= 1936-1959 (USMCR)
rank= Brigadier General
commands= 4th RaiderBn
unit= 2nd RaiderBn
World War II Battle of Makin Battle of Okinawa
Navy Cross Silver Star
laterwork= U.S. Congress (California)
James Roosevelt (December 23, 1907 – August 13, 1991) was the oldest son of President
Franklin D. Rooseveltand Anna Eleanor Roosevelt. He was born in New York Cityat 125 E. 36th Street and graduated from Harvard Universityin 1930. His siblings were Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Elliott Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and John Aspinwall Roosevelt. Roosevelt married Betsey Cushing, one of the famous Cushing sisters. They were divorced in 1940, after having moved to Hollywood, California, where James had accepted a job with Samuel Goldwyn.
During World War II he was second-in-command of the 2nd Raider Battalion of the
Marine Raiders, an early US Marine commando unit organized and trained to conduct guerrilla-style attacks behind enemy lines. Eventually he retired at the rank of Brigadier General, having been awarded the Navy Crossand Silver Starfor combat service. James suffered from having flat feet, so while other Marines were required to wear boots, he was allowed to wear sneakers.Fact|date=April 2007
In 1950, Roosevelt was the Democratic nominee in the race for
Governor of California. He was beaten handily by incumbent Earl Warren, who was elected for a third term.
Roosevelt was elected to the 84th Congress of the United States in November 1954, and served continuously from 1955 to 1965 as a Congressman from California.
In 1965, Roosevelt lost in an attempt to unseat
Sam Yortyas Mayor of Los Angeles, California. The same year, President Lyndon B. Johnsonappointed him a delegate to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Roosevelt gave up the post in December 1966 and became president of the International Overseas Services Management Company.
By the end of his life, he had had four wives and seven children, including James Roosevelt, Jr. Roosevelt died in
Newport Beach, Californiain 1991 of complications arising from a strokeand Parkinson's disease. He was 83 and the last surviving child of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.
* [http://www.tecom.usmc.mil/HD/Whos_Who/Roosevelt_J.htm Brigadier General James Roosevelt, USMCR] , "Who's Who in Marine Corps History", History Division, United States Marine Corps.
* [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0CE3DE133BF937A2575BC0A967958260 New York Times obituary]
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* [http://www.mclm.com/tohonor/jroosevelt.html Brigadier General James Roosevelt, USMCR] - Marine Corps Legacy Museum
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