Who is watching Lincoln’s funeral procession?

See the two little figures looking out the second-floor window facing south in the building on the corner? Supposedly it’s a young Teddy Roosevelt and his brother Elliot (future father of Eleanor); they’re viewing President Lincoln’s funeral procession. The future president would have been seven years old when this picture was taken on April 25, 1865.

That’s his grandfather Cornelius Roosevelt’s property on Broadway between 13th and 14th Streets; the procession is heading to Union Square.


Cornelius Roosevelt’s house was torn down and an eight-story terra cotta and brick structure put in its place in 1894. Called the Roosevelt Building, it stands at 13th and Broadway today.

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11 Responses to “Who is watching Lincoln’s funeral procession?”

  1. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    Wow, very nice picture! I always wondered what the site would have looked like without that huge building that messed up the area on 14th Street. Thanks.

  2. Richard Sloan Says:

    Sorry to burst your bubbles, but this TR find isnt new. Stefan Lorant made the discvy in the 1960’s or thereabouts,for his photo biog of Lincoln.

  3. wildnewyork Says:

    No one is claiming it’s new. Fascinating, even freaky, but not new.

  4. m Says:

    Little Abe Relis here again. I don’t unnerstand. What are your bubbles and why does this guy wanna burst em.

  5. Matt Ragan Says:

    An amazing site! So much fun. It is the New York that is in all ogf our collective memories and you capture the mystique that has drawn millions of us to the city of the years. Keep up this blog, it is my new favorite!

  6. wildnewyork Says:

    Thanks so much!

  7. Gregg DeSantis of LI Says:

    I love NYC and it’s history……I will seek out the Roosevelt Building next time in NYC……Cool, and the future First Lady’s Father…..

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  9. Jim DiGiovanni Says:

    Regarding that photo. It is true that is Theodore Roosevelt in the window as a 6-year old boy. There are varying accounts as to whether that is Elliot Roosevelt or perhaps Theodore is standing with his then childhood playmate and future 2nd wife, Edith Carrow. He makes reference to watching the Lincoln funeral with Edith as children in his autobiography. Which makes this that much more of a remarkable photo in my opinion.

    T.R. was the distant (5th) cousin of FDR. Eleanor Roosevelt was indeed Teddy’s niece. The daughter of his brother Elliot Roosevelt. Franklin’s father James Roosevelt was introduced to his mother Sara Delano at a party given by Theodore Roosevelt.

    There are more interesting presidential facts about all the U.S. Presidents, including the 26th and 32nd at 10presidentialfacts.com as well as some good presidential biography recommendations.

  10. New York mourns Lincoln, the martyr president | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] second procession of 50,000, with thousands more watching from the sidewalks and building windows (including a young Teddy Roosevelt, seen here), accompanied the funeral hearse up Broadway to Union […]

  11. The fate of two brothers watching Lincoln’s funeral procession | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] building on the corner was the mansion of Cornelius van Schaack Roosevelt. Peering out the second-floor window are his seven- and five-year-old grandsons, Theodore and Elliott […]

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