John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Ten random things: February 22

Ten wedding gifts given to Alice Lee Roosevelt and Nicholas Longworth:
  1. A deer's head, from John Greenway
  2. A special order centerpiece of Battenberg lace, from Anne Ellis and her friends
  3. A large linen centerpiece, from the children of the Colored Industrial Evening School
  4. A inlaid mosaic table, from the king of Italy
  5. A cut-glass cake dish, from the White House aides
  6. A railway car full of coal, from the United Mine Workers of America
  7. A string of pearls from Boucheron in Paris worth twenty-five thousand dollars, from the Cuban government
  8. Gold cloth embroidered with the kikumon, the chrysanthemum emblem of the imperial family of Japan, from the Japanese government
  9. A bracelet with a diamond-ringed miniature of Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany, from Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany
  10. A Gobelin tapestry, from the French government

Alice Roosevelt, the oldest daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, was immensely popular around the world, so she was showered with gifts on the occasion of her 1906 wedding to U.S. Representative Nicholas Longworth of Ohio. I don't know how many women would be all that thrilled to receive a deer's head as a wedding present, but Alice was delighted; she wrote in a letter to Greenway that it was "quite one of the nicest things that I got." Conversely, she described the table as "rather hideous;" luckily, it was too large ever to be used in any of her homes.

This list and the quotes above, by the way, was drawn from Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker by Stacy Cordery.


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