LIBRARY: Edward F. O'Keefe at the Hudson Library [5/21]

Join the Hudson Library & Historical Society on Tuesday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. for a live, in-person author event with Edward O’Keefe, CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation, who will discuss his new book, The Loves of Theodore Roosevelt

*Please note, this event is in-person and registration is required to attend. To register, click here

This spirited and poignant family love story reveals how an icon of rugged American masculinity was profoundly shaped by the women in his life, especially his mother, sisters, and wives. Kirkus opines, “A fascinating celebration of women who helped make an iconic president.” 

Theodore Roosevelt wrote in his senior thesis for Harvard in 1880 that women ought to be paid equal to men and have the option of keeping their maiden names upon marriage. It’s little surprise he’d be a feminist, given the women he grew up with. His mother, Mittie, was witty and decisive, a Southern belle raising four young children in New York while her husband spent long stretches away with the Union Army. Theodore’s college sweetheart and first wife, Alice—so vivacious she was known as Sunshine—steered her beau away from science (he’d roam campus with taxidermy specimen in his pockets) and towards politics. Older sister Bamie would soon become her brother’s key political strategist and advisor; journalists called her Washington, DC, home “the little White House.” Younger sister Conie served as her brother’s press secretary before the role existed, slipping stories of his heroics in Cuba and his rambunctious home life to reporters to create the legend of the Rough Rider we remember today. And Edith—Theodore’s childhood playmate and second wife—would elevate the role of presidential spouse to an American institution, curating both the White House and her husband’s legacy. A dazzling and lyrical look at one America’s most significant presidents as we’ve never seen him before, The Loves of Theodore Roosevelt celebrates five extraordinary yet unsung women who opened the door to the American Century and pushed Theodore Roosevelt through it. 

Edward F. O’Keefe is the CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation. He previously spent two decades in broadcast and digital media at ABC News, CNN, and NowThis, during which time he received a Primetime Emmy Award for his work with Anthony Bourdain, two Webby Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and a George Foster Peabody Award for ABC’s coverage of 9/11. A former fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, he graduated with honors from Georgetown University. 

Registration for this program is required. Copies of The Loves of Theodore Roosevelt will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. 

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
96 Library St.
Hudson, OH 44236
The Loves of Theodore Roosevelt: The Women Who Created a President By Edward F. O'Keefe Cover Image
$30.99
ISBN: 9781982145682
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2024

A spirited and poignant family love story, revealing how an icon of rugged American masculinity was profoundly shaped by the women in his life, especially his mother, sisters, and wives.

Theodore Roosevelt wrote in his senior thesis for Harvard in 1880 that women ought to be paid equal to men and have the option of keeping their maiden names upon marriage.


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