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Theodore Roosevelt Family Letters to the Russell Family

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Russell family.

The Roosevelt and Russell families became acquainted in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, where both had homes. Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican politician, was the twenty-sixth president of the United States. Alexander G. Russell and his son Gordon M. Russell were both Presbyterian pastors, Alexander Russell in Oyster Bay and Gordon Russell in Merchantville, New Jersey.

Reverend Alexander G. Russell was born on October 6, 1845 in Nova Scotia, Canada. Russell received his A.B. from Dalhousie College in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1873. He married Eliza Hoxie Norris on August 1, 1876 and they had three sons: Henry N., Gordon M., and Alexander, all of whom attended Princeton University. Russell served as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, where he was known as an eloquent speaker and an energetic charitable worker. He was also a friend of former President Roosevelt, who sometimes attended his services. Russell died in 1911.

Reverend Gordon MacGregor Russell was born on April 30, 1880 to the Reverend Alexander G. Russell and Eliza Hoxie Russell. He grew up as a neighbor of Theodore Roosevelt and tutored his children for a short time. Russell gradated from Princeton University in 1901 and received his A.M. degree, also from Princeton, in 1902. He taught at various schools for a time, and then in 1905 entered the Princeton Theological Seminary, graduating in 1908 with a B.D. Russell next studied at the University of Berlin, Germany from 1908 to 1909 with a traveling fellowship from the Princeton Theological Seminary. From 1909 to 1914, Russell served as assistant pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Cranford, New Jersey, and was also in charge of a small church in nearby Garwood. He then served as assistant pastor at the Bethlehem Church in Philadelphia from 1914 to 1917. Russell joined the Y.M.C.A. during World War I, serving British and then American troops from 1917 to 1919. Once he returned to the United States, Russell became pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Merchantville, New Jersey, where he remained until his death in 1933.

The majority of the Theodore Roosevelt Family Letters to the Russell Family collection consists of personal letters written by Theodore Roosevelt and members of his family to Gordon M. Russell. The correspondents include Theodore Roosevelt, Ethel Carow Roosevelt (Roosevelt's wife), Kermit Roosevelt (Roosevelt's son), and Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (Roosevelt's son). In this correspondence, the Roosevelts express their appreciation for letters received, offer invitations to Russell to visit, discuss upcoming travel and marriage plans of the Roosevelt family, and offer condolences upon the death of Russell's father. Also included are two letters of recommendation that Theodore Roosevelt wrote for Russell.

The collection also contains correspondence from Theodore Roosevelt to Russell's father, Reverend Alexander G. Russell, a Presbyterian pastor. Most of this correspondence consists of pleasantries to a friend, thanking him for letters received and sending him well wishes, and also includes comments about Roosevelt's donations to his church, invitations to political events, and an 1881 letter in which Roosevelt included a few sentences on why he entered politics. Also included in the collection are a speech by Theodore Roosevelt on the importance of knowledge of the Bible for good citizenship, a poem entitled "The Norman Baron's Prayer" by Matthew Hern, invitations to Gordon M. Russell to attend the weddings of Theodore Roosevelt's children, and a newspaper article on the history of the name MacGregor.

Arranged alphabetically by document type. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

The following sources were consulted during the preparation of the biographical note: Obituary of Alexander G. Russell, The New York Times, November 12, 1911. Russell, Gordon MacGregor File; Alumni Records, Box 278, Folder 40; University Archives, Special Collections, Princeton University Library. William H. Harbaugh. "Roosevelt, Theodore;" http://www.anb.org/articles/06/06-00569.html; American National Biography Online Feb. 2000. Access Date: November 7, 2007. Copyright 2000 American Council of Learned Societies. Published by Oxford University Press.

Acquisition information is not available for this collection.

This collection was processed by Adriane Hanson in 2007. Finding aid written by Adriane Hanson in November 2007.

No information about appraisal is available for this collection.

Publisher
Public Policy Papers
Finding Aid Author
Adriane Hanson
Finding Aid Date
2007
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Correspondence Between the Roosevelt and Russell Families, 1918-1925undated, 1918-1925. 1 folder.
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Roosevelt, Ethel Carow to Gordon M. Russell, 1907-1913. 1 folder.
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Roosevelt, Kermit to Gordon M. Russell, 1903-1914. 1 folder.
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Roosevelt, Theodore to Gordon M. Russell, 1901-1918. 1 folder.
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Roosevelt, Theodore to Reverend Alexander G. Russell, 1881-1904. 1 folder.
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Roosevelt, Theodore, Jr. to Gordon M. Russell, 1902-1910. 1 folder.
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Memorabilia, 1906-1910. 1 folder.
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(Includes invitations to Gordon M. Russell and announcements for the weddings Theodore Roosevelt's children and a newspaper clipping on the history of the name MacGregor.)

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"The Norman Baron's Prayer," by Matthew Hern, 1912. 1 folder.
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(Submitted to Harper & Brothers, Publishers but not published.)

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"President Roosevelt on the Bible," Address Before the Long Island Bible Society (Auxiliary to the American Bible Society) at Oyster Bay, Long Island, 1901 January 11. 1 folder.
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(With handwritten corrections by Theodore Roosevelt.)

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