On February 14, 1916, former president Theodore Roosevelt and his wife, Edith visited St. Thomas and St. Croix while on a pleasure cruise through the West Indies! ⛴
During their short stay in St. Thomas, they attended a Carnival Party Dance held in their honor at the Grand Hotel. It was a fun, masquerade affair enjoyed by all! The following day they set sail for St. Croix.
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt arrive in St. Croix
Eager to get a glimpse of the former president, citizens packed Strand Street to the National Bank. At about 10:30am when the Consular Agent, Mr. R.L. Merwin left for the wharf to greet the Colonel, the crowd eagerly surged forward.
When the Colonel stepped ashore, a group of gentlemen raised their hats in salutation. Mr. Thomas Ramsay approached, extended his hand and bade the Colonel and Mrs. Roosevelt a hearty "Welcome to St. Croix". The Colonel smiled and shook his hand warmly.
"It is a pleasure to see you", Mr. Ramsay said, to which the Colonel replied, "I thank you".
They were taken to the Consulate's office for a short visit, then driven to Mr. Merwin's residence where the photo above was likely taken. His excellency, Governor Helweg-Larsen, Director Rist and other distinguished guests accompanied them.
Theodore Roosevelt tours Salt River
After refreshments, Mr. Merwin drove the vacationing couple on a tour of Salt River. He later reported how delighted the Roosevelt's were with the little island. 🌴
This week marks the 100th anniversary of the landing of Colonel and Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt in Frederiksted, St. Croix. 🇩🇰
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