Alice Hathaway Lee
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1861
Date of Death: 1884
Cause of Death: Natural causes - Bright's disease and complications from childbirth
Occupation: Housewife
Spouse: Theodore Roosevelt
Children: Alice Lee Roosevelt
Turtledove Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): How Few Remain
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference

Alice Hathaway Lee-Roosevelt (July 29, 1861 – February 14, 1884) was the first wife of Theodore Roosevelt. They had one child, Alice Lee Roosevelt. The elder Alice died of Bright's Disease complicated by childbirth at the age of 22, two days after giving birth to her daughter. Her death, which closely coincided with the death of her mother-in-law, prompted her widower to go into a deep depression, declaring "The light has gone out of my life" and temporarily leaving politics a short time later.

Alice Hathaway Lee in Southern VictoryEdit

Alice Hathaway Lee was Theodore Roosevelt's fianceé when he was in Montana Territory during the Second Mexican War. Prior to his coming, he and Alice reached an "understanding of sorts" regarding his infidelities while he was away.[1]

Literary NoteEdit

Whether or not Roosevelt married Alice Lee is unrevealed, as is her date of death. She is not mentioned in any later volume.


  1. How Few Remain, pg. 202.