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Brevet Captain George Washington Roosevelt (February 14, 1843 – April 14, 1907), received the Medal of Honor for heroism during the American Civil War. He was a fifth cousin of both President Theodore Roosevelt and President Franklin Roosevelt.


George Washington Roosevelt was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1843. He was the son of Solomon Roosevelt and his wife Elizabeth Morris.

Civil War

Following the outbreak of the American Civil War, he enlisted as a corporal in Company K of the 26th Pennsylvania Infantry on May 1, 1861.

Roosevelt was promoted to sergeant on September 1, 1862.

Roosevelt had risen to first sergeant of Company K by the time of the Battle of Gettysburg in July, 1863. He was honorably discharged from the Army at Philadelphia on March 14, 1864. In recognition of his war service, he was brevetted (i.e. received an honorary promotion) to the rank of captain.

Later life

He married Mary Elizabeth Perry on July 25, 1865. His second wife was Ida Mae Weber (1850-1926).

Following the war, Roosevelt had a 30-year career as a diplomat with the United States Department of State. He was the U.S. Consular Agent in Sydney, Australia from 1877 to 1878. He was then U.S. Consul in Auckland, New Zealand from 1878 to 1879; Saint Helena from 1879 to 1880; Matanzas from 1880 to 1881; Bordeaux, France from 1881 to 1889 and Brussels, Belgium from 1889 to 1902. His final posting was as the U.S. Consul General in Brussels in 1906.[1]

Captain Roosvelt died in Brussels in 1907 at the age of 63. He is buried with his second wife in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, D.C..[2][3]

In May 2003 Captain Roosevelt's Medal of Honor was up for auction in eBay. The medal was confiscated by the FBI and was donated to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society in May 2004.[4]

Medal of Honor citation

For extraordinary heroism while serving with Company K, 26th Pennsylvania Infantry. At Bull Run, Virginia, on 30 August 1862, First Sergeant Roosevelt recaptured the colors, which had been seized by the enemy. At Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on 2 July 1863, he captured a Confederate Color Bearer and color, in which effort he was severely wounded.

Date of Issue: July 2, 1887 [5]


George Washington Roosevelt's line of descent from Nicholas Roosevelt (1658-1742), his common ancestor with Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt.

  • Nicholas Roosevelt (1658-1742)
    • Nicholas Roosevelt, Jr. (1687-c. 1717)
      • Nicholas Roosevelt, III (c. 1715–1769)
        • Nicholas Roosevelt, IV (1758-1838)
          • Solomon Roosevelt (1778-1833)
            • Solomon Roosevelt (1807-1900)
              • George Washington Roosevelt (1843-1907)


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