On his 22nd birthday, Roosevelt married Alice Hathaway Lee, daughter of George Cabot Lee and Caroline Watts Haskell. They had one daughter, Alice Lee Roosevelt on February 12, 1884. Alice died two days after their daughter was born from an undiagnosed case of kidney failure (in those days called Bright’s disease), which had been masked by the pregnancy. In his diary, Roosevelt wrote a large ‘X’ on the page and then, “The light has gone out of my life.” His mother Mittie died of typhoid fever on the same day, at 3:00 am, some eleven hours earlier, in the same house.
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