February 1, 2022

Did Churchill and Roosevelt Get Along?

By LAWRENCE SISKIND

The lives of Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchill overlapped, but they met in person only once—at a dinner in the Governor’s Mansion in Albany, New York on 10 December 1900. The 42-year old Roosevelt was about to relocate to Washington D.C. to assume his duties as Vice President. The 26-year old Churchill, who was visiting America to shore up his finances by a lecture tour, was about to take his seat in Parliament.  

What happened at their dinner is unknown. But to the extent historians have noticed the dinner—which is not to a large extent—they have accepted the view first attributed to Roosevelt’s daughter Alice that the two men did not get along because they were too much alike. As Robert Pilpel, in his Churchill in America 1895—1961, put it: “It was a case of likes repelling.”

But was it?

We will never know for certain because the witnesses are not available for deposition. But based on the evidence, the “likes repelling” theory is unpersuasive. Something else, something deeper, was afoot. To read the full story, please CLICK HERE.

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