The accents of the Roosevelts

The first US president to win the Nobel Peace Prize was of course Theodore Roosevelt, in 1906 for his mediation of the Treaty of Portsmouth. Browsing through YouTube I found that several recordings of his speeches survive. His accent, to me, sounds completely unlike any I have heard in New York – his family of course being New York aristocracy:

But his younger cousin Franklin Roosevelt’s accent sounds entirely recognisably northeastern to me:

What then surprised me even more was to hear the voice of Eleanor Roosevelt – wife of Franklin and niece of Theodore:

Queen Elizabeth II would be proud of some of those vowels! For extra amusement, here’s Eleanor Roosevelt on What’s My Line?

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