The White House Princess: Alice Roosevelt Longworth Quiz


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Politically outspoken and impossible to tame, Alice Roosevelt Longworth set gender-defying trends and challenged social morays — all while her father held the highest office in America. How much do you know about her? Our quiz could surprise you.

When was Alice Roosevelt Longworth born?

Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth was born Feb. 12, 1884, to Theodore Roosevelt and Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt.


What year did Alice's father, Teddy Roosevelt, become president?

Vice President Theodore Roosevelt, Alice's father, became president of the United States on Sept. 14, 1901, when President William McKinley died of complications from a gunshot wound.


True or false: Alice's mother and aunt died on the same day.

Alice's mother and paternal grandmother died on the same day, just two days after Alice's birth.


When did Teddy Roosevelt remarry?

On Dec. 2, 1886, Alice's father married his second wife, Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt. Alice was nearly 3 years old at the time of the marriage.


How old was Alice when the family moved into the White House?

Alice was 17 years old when her father was elected president of the United States and moved his family into the White House.


How many half siblings did Alice have?

Alice had five half siblings: Theodore Jr., Kermit, Ethel, Archibald and Quentin.


How was Alice related to Eleanor Roosevelt?

Eleanor was Theodore Roosevelt's niece and Alice's first cousin, while Franklin Roosevelt was a distant cousin to all three.


What year did Alice serve as matron of honor in Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt's wedding?

Alice served as the matron of honor at Franklin and Eleanor's wedding on March 17, 1905.


Who said, "I can be president of the United States, or I can control Alice. I cannot possibly do both"?

Theodore Roosevelt said this when a dignitary asked him if he could control his daughter, who was well-known for upsetting social norms.


What nickname did the press give Alice while her father was president?

While Alice's father was serving as the president, the press nicknamed her "Princess Alice."


When did Alice get married?

On Feb. 17, 1906, Alice married Rep. Nicholas Longworth. Longworth was a Republican from Ohio and was 14 years older than Alice.


How many children did Alice have?

On Feb. 14, 1925, Alice gave birth to her only child, Paulina Longworth.


Alice was a member of which political party?

Alice was a member of the Republican Party but would occasionally cross party lines. When Teddy Roosevelt ran for president in 1912 on the Progressive Party ticket, Alice supported her father rather than the Republican William H. Taft.


Who spent more than two years raising Alice following her mother's death?

Following the death of her mother, Alice spent more than two years with her father's sister, Anna Cowles, better known as "Bamie" or "Auntie Bye."


When did Alice's father die?

Teddy Roosevelt died on Jan. 6, 1919.


True or false: Alice was a heavy cigarette smoker.

She was a heavy cigarette smoker and was diagnosed with emphysema in 1960.


Which U.S. president was Alice speaking of when she said, "He looks as though he's been weaned on a pickle"?

Alice was speaking about President Calvin Coolidge when she said this.


Who was the biological father of Paulina Longworth, Alice's daughter?

Idaho Sen. William Borah was the biological father of Paulina. It was common knowledge in Washington that he and Alice were involved in a long-lasting affair.


When did Alice's husband die?

Alice's husband, Nicholas Longworth, died April 9, 1931.


What year was Alice's memoir, "Crowded Hours," published?

"Crowded Hours" was published in 1933.


Alice appeared in a cigarette advertisement for which company?

She appeared in a 1937 Lucky Strike cigarette advertisement.


What caused the death of Alice's daughter?

Paulina Longworth died on Jan. 27, 1957, at the age of 31 from a sleeping pill overdose. Vice President Richard Nixon was a pallbearer for Paulina Longworth.


How many grandchildren did Alice have?

She had only one grandchild, a granddaughter named Joanna Mercedes Alessandra Sturm. Alice was given custody of her granddaughter following the death of Paulina.


Which U.S. Secretary of War led the 1905 diplomatic mission to Asia, which included Alice?

Alice accompanied U.S. Secretary of War William H. Taft to Asia for a diplomatic mission in 1905. The trip has been dubbed "The Imperial Cruise."


What color did Alice inspire in the fashion world?

She wore a blue gown to her 1902 social debut in the White House, which sparked a color trend in women's clothing that became known as "Princess Alice Blue."


When was Alice's biography published?

"Alice Roosevelt Longworth, From White House Princess to Washington Power Broker" by Stacy A. Cordery was published on Oct. 18, 2007 by Viking Adult Publishers.


Which brother co-edited "The Desk-Drawer Anthology: Poems for the American People" with Alice?

Alice and Theodore Roosevelt Jr. co-edited the 1938 book "The Desk-Drawer Anthology: Poems for the American People."


Which presidential candidate was Alice talking about when she compared him to "the little man in the wedding cake"?

Alice was talking about the presidential hopeful Thomas E. Dewey when she compared him to "the little man in the wedding cake." She was referring to the groom figurine traditionally placed atop a wedding cake.


True or false: Alice was nicknamed "the other Washington monument."

After decades of hosting politicians, diplomats, businessmen and the social elite in her Washington home, Alice was nicknamed "the other Washington monument."


What year did Alice die?

She died on Feb. 20, 1980, at age 96. Alice outlived all five of her half siblings.


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