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Quentin Roosevelt

2nd Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Service

Born on Friday, November 19, 1897     -     Died on Sunday, July 14, 1918

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The fifth and youngest child of T.R. and Edith.

Nicknamed "Quentyquee" and "Quinikins".

Attended Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, The Groton School,
Evans School for Boys, and Harvard University.

Awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palm in WWI.

Engaged to Flora Payne Whitney, great-granddaughter of
Cornelius Vanderbilt.

Founder of the infamous White House Gang.

His quick wit and mischievous nature prompted his mother, Edith, to label Quentin: "A fine bad little boy."

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Quentin Roosevelt: A Life in Pictures

Quick Facts

In 1916, Quentin left Harvard to train as an aviator at the Long Island airfield later renamed in his honor.
It was from this same field that Charles Lindbergh started his historic flight across the Atlantic.

Quentin was assigned to the 95th Air Squadron, and during an early patrol on July 14, 1918, his squad

encountered seven Fokkers that outmaneuvered his squadron's relatively slower Boche aircrafts.
Quentin was shot through the head twice, crashing near Chemery, France.

German military propagandists tastelessly peddled pictures of Quentin's disfigured body around the world,

pictures that eventually reached his family in Sagamore Hill.

Quentin was buried in Chemery, and was re-interred after World War II next to his brother Ted, Jr.,

who died after leading his squad onto Utah Beach during the D-Day Invasion.

Captain Eddie Rickenbacker said of Quentin: "Gay, hearty and absolutely square in everything he said or did,

Quentin Roosevelt was one of the most popular fellows in the group. We loved him purely for his own natural self."

On July 14, 2008 on the 90th anniversary of Quentin's death, the villages of Saints, Mauperthuis and Touquin

held a commemoration of Quentin Roosevelt.

Download the 1921 edition of the tribute book, "Quentin Roosevelt", as digitized by Google Books.

The White House Gang

Alongside his White House Gang, the mischievous Quentin once carved a baseball diamond on the White House
lawn without permission, routinely defaced official presidential portraits with spitballs, and threw snowballs at
Secret Service guards from the roof of the White House.

Arguably, Quentin's most famous transgression was bringing the pony Algonquin to Archie's room via the White House
elevator in an effort to help "cheer up" a convalescing Archie.

A favorite of the press, Quentin once quipped to a reporter trolling for information about the President:
"I see him occasionally, but I know nothing of his family life."

Links to Other Resources

Theodore Roosevelt Association


National Park Service: The Roosevelt Children

The Death of Quentin Roosevelt by Eddie Rickenbacker