A plethora of TRs were on hand Tuesday for the renaming of the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in honor of the famous, bespectacled, bearcub-loving, "walk softly and carry a big stick"-saying 26th president of the United States.
Pictured above are Theodore Roosevelt IV and V (great and great great grandsons), who both live in Brooklyn Heights, along with Sen. Chuck Schumer, who must be a big TR fan because he proposed the legislation to have the courthouse renamed. TR portrayer Jim Foote is giving a speech Roosevelt once delivered at the dedication of another courthouse on Long Island.
Teddy Roosevelt has a sad connection to Brooklyn - his first wife and his mother and father are all buried in Green-Wood Cemetery, and his wife and mother actually died on the same day, Valentine's Day of 1884. I don't think this is why the courthouse is named for him, however. Schumer said something about him being a "man of the law." TR did actually serve as police commisioner for New York City for a while (The Alienist, anyone?).
On a slightly more cheery occasion to visit Brooklyn, Roosevelt is pictured below in 1915 inspecting some kind of textile workshop.
Top Photo by Ryan Thompson; bottom photo from Library of Congress via Historic Photos of Brooklyn by John Manbeck
Brooklyn Federal Courthouse Is Renamed for Theodore Roosevelt[Brooklyn Eagle]