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Tweed Roosevelt to visit Grand Rapids

Posted on May 30, 2007

The great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt will visit Grand Valley State University and the Michigan Legislature.

Tweed Roosevelt is coming to Michigan to commemorate the 100th anniversary of President Theodore Roosevelt’s famous trip to Michigan in May 1907. Arriving in Lansing 100 years ago this month, Roosevelt became the first U.S. president to address the Michigan Legislature.

In commemoration of this landmark, the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley is partnering with the Michigan Department of History, Arts, and Libraries and the office of Michigan Sen. Cameron Brown to bring Tweed Roosevelt to Michigan May 30 and 31.

Roosevelt will give a public address May 31, at 7 p.m., in Loosemore Auditorium in the DeVos Center, Pew Grand Rapids Campus, 401 W. Fulton St. He will discuss Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing 1913 trek down the River of Doubt in Brazil — a journey Tweed Roosevelt retraced almost 80 years later.

As part of the commemoration, Roosevelt, along with best-selling TR biographer H.W. Brands, will give talks in the Michigan State Capitol Building in Lansing, and a Theodore Roosevelt character interpreter will read TR’s 1907 speech to the Michigan Senate.

Tweed Roosevelt is the principal trustee of The Roosevelt Trust and chairman of Roosevelt China Investment Corp. He is also managing director of The Roosevelt Investment Group, established in 1971, and currently manages approximately $1 billion. Roosevelt was formerly the executive director of the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance at the graduate school of business of Columbia University, and is presently an officer of Harvard University. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University, where he also has taught in both graduate and executive programs.

For more information, contact the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at (616) 331-2770 or visit

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