Edward Procter Elliott: The Yorkshire Man Who Married the US President’s Niece


Edward Procter Elliott was an alumnus of Batley Grammar School who frequently stayed at the White House.

Sister newspaper The Batley News was the first newspaper in Europe to announce his marriage to Miss Eleanor Roosevelt, niece of President Franklin Roosevelt, and later they gave the full story of their marriage, which took place in 1939.

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It was wartime and the wedding took place in the bride’s hometown of Massachusetts, but unfortunately due to the war the family was unable to cross the Atlantic to attend the wedding.

Eleanor Roosevelt and Edward Procter Elliott of Batley

The following is the young couple’s romantic story as it appeared in the Batley News after their wedding in America:

We have great pleasure in presenting to our readers this delightful photograph of Mr. Edward Procter Elliott, the young architect Batley, who was married to Miss Eleanor Roosevelt, niece of President Roosevelt.

When their amorous engagement was announced last Christmas, the ‘News’ was the first newspaper in Europe to feature their portraits and it is the first photo of Mr and Mrs Proctor Elliott taken since their wedding day.

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It’s a happy snap taken by a friend and sent to Mr Elliott’s mother, who now resides in Brierley, near Barnsley.

We can now say that when the young couple left Dedham, Massachusetts, USA, for a honeymoon in Mexico, they stopped over in Washington and, at the invitation of Mr. Roosevelt, dined with him at the White House.

It was a very intimate little dinner – just the President and his two young guests.

Twice before their engagement, the Chief Citizen of the United States had received them at his home, and when the wedding day was fixed, Mr. Roosevelt took steps to assure Edward’s mother that if she and her daughter would accept the invitation to the ceremony, no war. time restrictions would be allowed to block the way.

But even the President could not assure them safe passage across the Atlantic, and they reluctantly decided to postpone the trip until the end of the war.

Their thanks to Mr. Roosevelt for his benevolence and good offices were conveyed to the White House by the American Ambassador in London.

The Reverend Huntington Chappell, rector of St Paul’s Church in Dedham, Mass., sent Ms Elliott a photograph of the interior of his church, showing the altar at which his son and wife were married, and the photo is accompanied by the following graceful note.

“It was a pleasure to meet Edward and I know he and Eleanor will be very happy together. I would love for them to stay here in Dedham.

“There were hundreds of friends of Eleanor at Church and I know they took Edward to their hearts and tried to represent all of his friends in England to him who couldn’t be here.

“It was the generous spirit in which Mr. Procter Elliott was received by his wife’s people and their wide circle of influential friends.”

It will be remembered that after the death of his father, who had been director of education at Batley, Edward obtained scholarships at Batley Grammar School which enabled him to attend the University of Liverpool.

After a successful career there, he received a tenable touring exhibition in the United States.

It was there that he met Miss Roosevelt, who was taking a course in art and sculpture.

Upon graduation, Mr. Procter Elliott accepted a position as an architect with a large government contractor firm in Virginia, and his friends will be delighted to learn that he has already been offered a much larger commitment. responsible in Philadelphia.

He accepted it and he is now busy with important war projects.

This week he will have received the good news that his sister, Miss Rosalind Elliott, has received the art degree awarded by King’s College School of Art in Newcastle-on-Tyne, which is affiliated with Durham University.

Her success will bring endless pleasure to the Batley Girls’ Grammar School, where she was a pupil before going to Newcastle.


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