Old News – Kermit Roosevelt Marries

More news from the past. This time a son of Pres. Theodore Roosevelt gets married.


Wednesday, June 10, 1914


Like Father Like Son Applies to Young Bridegroom.


As Fond of Adventure as the Colonel, With Whom He Undauntedly Shared Perils of Africa and Brazil. Full of Energy Ever Since He Was the “Cut Up* of the White House.

When Kermit Roosevelt reached Madrid for his marriage to Miss Belle Wyatt Willard, daughter of the American ambassador to Spain, he was an altogether different looking young man from what at the time of his departure for the Brazilian wilderness. The hardships he had gone through with his father seemed to have added several years to his appearance.

Kermit Roosevelt’s love of adventure rivals that of his distinguished father, the former president, and he came through the greatest adventure of his life, that in the Brazilian jungle, with flying colors. He did his share of the game hunting and faced the perils and privations that were encountered by the party with a fortitude that won the admiration of his father.

Kermit Roosevelt is twenty-four years old and for a young man of that age has seen considerable of the world. He accompanied Colonel Roosevelt on his famous big game hunt in Africa, and it is said that he proved to be eve a netter marksman than his father.

As “Cut Up” and Philosopher.

When the colonel was president, Kermit often got into the newspapers through boyish pranks or bits of juvenile philosophy he uttered. Since he reached early manhood he has spent most of his time traveling in the woods or on trips of exploration and siteseeing with his father.

Belle and Kermit Roosevelt

Belle and Kermit Roosevelt

He spent most of his boyhood in Washington while his father was a member of the civil service commission, assistant secretary of the navy, vice president and later in the White House as president. He went to public school and was considered of the most vigorous boys who attended.

At Groton, where he was educated preparatory to college, there was another student who prided himself upon his English birth and parentage. As Fourth of July approached young Roosevelt asked the boy mischievously:

“Are you English?”

The reply was emphatic.

“Well,” said the president’s son, “Aren’t you glad we whipped you so you can have a holiday on the 4th of July?”

Kermit entered Harvard in 1908. In March of the following year he started with his father for a long hunting trip in Africa, primarily as the official photographer of the caravan, but he killed some big game during the weeks that he remained there and had two narrow escapes from death. In September, 1911, he returned to Harvard.

Although in looks Kermit probably resembles his mother more than his father, he is in speech and manner his father over again. He has the family habit of rapid distinct enunciation, His gestures are jerky, decisive and muscular.

Who the Willards Are.

The young lady whose hand and heart the young explorer won is the elder of two daughters of Joseph Edward Willard, appointed ambassador to Spain by President Wilson July 11 last. She is of the blond type, rather small and with clear cut features. She was born in Richmond, Va., twenty-one years ago. Her mother was Miss Belle Layton Wyatt, a member of one of the oldest families of Baltimore.

Ambassador Willard is a lawyer by profession. He moved to Richmond more than twenty years ago and soon became active in Democratic politics.

Ambassador Willard was on the staff of General Fitzhugh Lee in Cuba in the war with Spain. He was in the house of representatives from 1893 to 1902 and lieutenant governor of Virginia from 1902 to 1906.