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Representative Nick Longworth, seated here next to his wife, Alice, served 13 terms (1903–1914, 1915–1931) in the House of Representatives and 3 terms as Speaker of the House (1925–1931).
Representative Nicholas Longworth
of Ohio married Alice Roosevelt, daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, in a White House ceremony. Widely celebrated in the U.S., the nuptials also captured international attention. Dignitaries from around the world attended the event, which the foreign press also scrutinized. Nick Longworth, a lieutenant of the powerful House Speaker Joseph G. Cannon
of Illinois, eventually rose to the Speakership in 1925 and served as a popular and influential presiding officer in his own right. Both before and long after her husband’s untimely death in 1931, Alice Roosevelt Longworth served as one of official Washington’s most memorable hostesses. A peppery and plain-spoken fixture on the capital social circuit, she lived to the ripe old age of 96. She was famous for greeting her dinner guests with the line, “If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.”