Denies Roosevelt romance

Here is a photograph from the June 12 1933 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of a woman who denied that she was about to marry the son of the President of the United States.

Miss Ruth Googins and Elliott Roosevelt might have both denied that they were thinking of getting married, but this appears to have been untrue: they married in July 1933. They divorced in 1944. Time magazine had a report on the divorce, calling him “husky and hard-eyed” and her “black-haired and vivacious”. Well, then.

Elliott Roosevelt (1910-1990) was, among other things, a pilot, a brigadier general, a rancher, an author of mystery novels, a biographer of his parents (which revealed that Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a mistress), and the mayor of Miami Beach between 1965 and 1967. He was also rumoured to have ties to organized crime and was alleged to have been involved in a plot to assassinate the Prime Minister of the Bahamas (which he denied).

Roosevelt married five times in total; his fifth marriage, to Patricia Peabody Whitehead in 1960, appears to have lasted until his death. His final goal in life was to outlive his brother James; he failed, as his brother survived him by ten months.

Ruth Googins remarried shortly after she divorced Roosevelt; this marriage appears to have lasted. She passed away in 1974. The University of Texas at Arlington has an extensive photo library of her from when she was married to Roosevelt.

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