A Charmed Life Lost: The Tragic Story of Quentin Roosevelt

Dedicated to the memory of Peter Scanlan (1941-2012) Quentin Roosevelt had led a charmed life. As the fourth son of President Theodore Roosevelt, he had been born into a life of wealth and privilege. His future seemed one of almost limitless possibilities. As the world was thrown into turmoil by the events that would ultimately lead to World War 1, Quentin was engaged to the beautiful Flora Payne Whitney, the granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt, one of the nation’s richest men. The couple met in August 1916 and fell in love. Quentin seemed determined to impress the young lady and earn the respect of her family. While he was initially neutral on the question of American entry into the wa

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