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Theodore Roosevelt's stolen pocket watch recovered by FBI after it was missing for 37 years

Jun 30, 2024

Theodore Roosevelt's stolen pocket watch recovered by FBI after it was missing for 37 years

The timepiece has been returned to the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

By Ashley J. DiMella Fox News

Special agents from the National Park Service (NPS), in coordination with FBI Investigators, recently recovered a presidential timepiece after it was last seen in a public display in 1987.

The historic pocket watch had been missing for 37 years due to theft. It was taken during the object's transition from the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site to the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Historic Site in Buffalo, New York.

The invaluable silver pocket watch was gifted to then-future President Theodore Roosevelt by his sister Corinne and brother-in-law Douglas Robinson in 1898, according to the NPS in a media release.

Roosevelt pocket watch

Roosevelt was given a Waltham 17 jewel watch in a silver-coined case by his sister. It's "Riverside" grade and model "1888" with a hunter-style case. (NPS Photo)

The 126-year-old keepsake is inscribed "THEODORE ROOSEVELT FROM D.R. AND C.R.R."

Teddy Roosevelt

Roosevelt was given the watch while impatiently waiting in Washington, D.C. to join the Spanish American War, according to NPS. A week later, he left for San Antonio, Texas to lead the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry. 

He served as 26th president from 1901 to 1909. 

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