Theodore Roosevelt’s devilish daughter Alice captivated the country when her father became president at the turn of the twentieth century. Eighty years later, America’s political princess was still beguiling the likes of Bobby Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Buckminster Fuller. Few realize, however, that the brilliant woman behind well-known quotes like “If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anyone, come and sit here by me,” could be painfully shy. What’s often left out of popular accounts of her life (but not out of this presentation!) is how Alice both influenced American politics and opened doors for women during a life that spanned nearly 100 years.
This presentation is inspired by Washington Walks’ “Embassy Row” walking tour and will be presented by guide Mary Anne Hoffman. Mary Anne has led the walk of Embassy Row since 2003 and became fascinated by Alice Roosevelt Longworth the first time she paused her “Embassy Row” participants in front of Mrs. L’s Massachusetts Avenue townhouse.