ROOSEVELT, James

1907–1991

Biography

ROOSEVELT, James, (son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and brother of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr.), a Representative from California; born in New York City December 23, 1907; attended schools in New York and St. Albans School of Washington, D.C.; was graduated from Groton School in 1926 and from Harvard University in 1930; in 1930 became an insurance broker in Boston, Mass.; organized Roosevelt & Sargent, Inc., and served as president until January 1937; secretary to father, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1937 and 1938; motion picture industry November 1938-November 1940; went on active duty as a captain in the United States Marine Corps in November 1940; promoted to colonel April 13, 1944, and served in the Pacific Theater; released from active duty in August 1945; brigadier general United States Marine Corps Reserve, retired; rejoined Roosevelt & Sargent, Inc., as executive vice president and established an office in Los Angeles, Calif., in June 1946; served as chairman of the board, Roosevelt & Haines, Inc.; was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of California in 1950; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1948, 1952, 1956, and 1960; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fourth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1955, to September 30, 1965; unsuccessful candidate for Democratic nomination for mayor of Los Angeles, Calif., in April 1965; resigned from Congress effective September 30, 1965, to become United States representative to United Nations Economic and Social Council, resigning in December 1966; public relations consultant; was a resident of Newport Beach, Calif., until his death there on August 13, 1991; interment in Pacific View Memorial Park, Corona del Mar, Orange County, Calif.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Hyde Park, NY
Papers: 1937-1944. 17 feet. Correspondence from his service in World War II and correspondence and other material relating to his work as secretary to his father. Unpublished shelf list in library. A subsequent bequest being processed.
Oral History: 1977. 38 pages. An interview about his parents. Restricted.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Oral History: Transcript in the Oral History Collection of the Association of Former Members of Congress. Restricted. Sound recording in the Library's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: April 27, 1937; August 3, 1965. 2 letters. Finding aid in repository.

University of California, Berkeley
Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Oral History: In Earl Warren: Politics in his era in Calfornia: oral history interviews, 1973-1975. 35 items. Transcripts of tape-recorded interviews relating to elections and campaigns involving Warren, Richard Nixon, and James Roosevelt, Warren's appointment to Supreme Court, campaign funding, and California Republicans. Catalog and card index in university Regional Oral History Office.

University of California, Los Angeles, Library

Los Angeles, CA
Oral History: Copies of transcripts of Warren interviews in University of California, Berkeley.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Roosevelt, James. The Liberal Papers. 1962. Reprint. Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1970.

Roosevelt, James, and Bill Libby. My Parents: A Differing View. Chicago: Playboy Press, 1976.

Roosevelt, James, and Sam Toperoff. A Family Matter. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1980.

Roosevelt, James, and Sidney Shalett. Affectionately, F.D.R.: A Son's Story of a Courageous Man. 1959. Reprint. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1975.

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