President Theodore Roosevelt’s first wife died shortly after the birth of their only child, Alice. Roosevelt remarried and raised other children, but “Princess Alice” became a controversial figure during his presidency. She lived in the White House during her early twenties, inciting scandals for smoking cigarettes, driving cars, and keeping a pet snake named Emily Spinach. When confronted with the suggestion that he curb Alice’s excesses, President Roosevelt responded, "I can be president of the United States—or—I can attend to Alice. I cannot possibly do both!”
Mrs. Alice (Roosevelt) Longworth, full-length portrait, facing left; wearing ball gown, ca. 1902. Copyright by Frances Benjamin Johnston. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.