Eleanor Roosevelt Seagraves

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Eleanor Roosevelt Seagraves
Born Anna Eleanor Dall
(1927-03-25) March 25, 1927 (age 91)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater State University of New York
Occupation Educator, librarian
Spouse(s) Van H. Seagraves (m. 1948)
Children 3
Family Roosevelt
Eleanor Roosevelt with her grandchildren; Eleanor Roosevelt Seagraves, John Roosevelt Boettiger, and Curtis Roosevelt, 1943

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Seagraves (née Dall, born March 25, 1927, in New York City) is an American librarian, educator, historian, and editor. She is a granddaughter of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Her parents are Anna Roosevelt Dall and her first husband Curtis Bean Dall.[1] She is usually known as "Sistie", "Ellie" or "Eleanor".[2]

Early life

Sistie, as she was affectionately called in the press during her grandparents' tenure in the White House, was named for her mother and for her maternal grandmother, Eleanor Roosevelt. When her parents separated in 1933 (they divorced in 1934), she along with her mother and brother Curtis moved into the White House with her grandparents. Her mother would later remarry two more times and a younger half-brother, John Roosevelt Boettiger would join the family in 1939.[2]

Marriage and children

On July 7, 1948, she married Van H. Seagraves.[1] Together, they had three children:

  • Nicholas Delano Seagraves (born August 7, 1949)
  • David Delano Seagraves (born August 26, 1952)
  • Anna Fierst (née Anna Eleanor Seagraves) (born August 16, 1955)

The couple has six grandchildren:

  • Children of Nicholas Delano Seagraves
    • Delano Dixon Seagraves (born April 5, 1978)
    • Haven Seagraves (born June 23, 1981)
  • Children of David Delano Seagraves
    • Lucy Seagraves (born March 3, 1983)
    • Dana Seagraves (born March 3, 1985)
  • Children of Anna Fierst
    • Sophie Eleanor Fierst (born July 24, 1992)
    • Simon Charles Fierst (born April 7, 1994)


Seagraves completed three years of college at Reed College before her marriage and later earned a B.S. from the State University of New York in 1964.[3][4]

Seagraves is one of the few living Roosevelt family members who witnessed events firsthand during the White House years. Seagraves also is one of the few surviving people who witnessed her grandmother's diplomacy. Each year, when Seagraves' grandmother held a picnic at Val-Kill for delinquent boys, she assisted Mrs. Roosevelt with these events. She was close to Eleanor Roosevelt throughout her life.

Seagraves has enjoyed a career as an educator and librarian. She edited Delano's Voyages of Commerce and Discovery (Berkshire House Publishers, 1994), drawn from the journals of Amasa Delano, as well as The Val-Kill Cook Book (The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill, 1984). Seagraves concentrated her career on keeping alive many of the causes her grandmother began and supported. She is an active participant in Democratic Party events in her area, and endorsed Barack Obama for the 2008 Presidential campaign. At 91, Seagraves resides with her husband in Maryland.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Roosevelt Genealogy". Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Krebs, Albin (December 2, 1975). "Anna Roosevelt Halsted, President's Daughter, Dies". New York Times. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Grandchild of Late President Wed in Phoenix". New York Times. July 8, 1948. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Appointment of Eleanor R. Seagraves as an Alternate United States Member of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission". The American Presidency Project. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
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