Professor to Speak on Her Best-Selling Biography

October 15, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Stacy Cordery, a history professor at Monmouth College in Monmouth Ill., and bibliographer for the National First Ladies’ Library, will speak about her best-selling biography, Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker.

Part of the IWU’s History Department Colloquium Series, the presentation will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Anderson Auditorium (C101) of the Center for Natural Science (201 E Beecher St., Bloomington). The event is free and open to the public.

Cordery’s book is about Longworth, daughter of president Theodore Roosevelt, who was referred to as “Princess Alice” during her time in the White House. Longworth was by many accounts the first female celebrity of the twentieth century. After marrying Speaker of the House Nicholas Longworth, she became a powerful force in Washington political and social circles.

Cordery’s book has been favorably reviewed in The New York Times and on National Public Radio. For more information contact April Schultz, associate professor of history and director of women’s studies, at

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