Muenches Connected to Roosevelts
We Muenches have a presidential connection!
Karl Muench, M.D., recently discovered that the Muenches are connected by marriage to the Roosevelt family.
Marie Muench Follenius, the sister of Friedrich and Georg Muench, and her daughter, Mathilda Follenius Lange, had nine children each. One of Mathilda’s children with William Lange was Adelheid Lange, who became a famous sculptress.
In 1905 she married Cornelius Louis Andre Roosevelt, a filmmaker, resort manager and cousin of President Theodore Roosevelt. Later they were divorced.
Adelheid’s daughter, Leila Roosevelt, married a famous naturalist photographer, Armand Denis, with whom she made movies in Africa and other exotic locales. Armand Denis and Andre Roosevelt had made a famous 1930 movie about Bali together, “Goona Goona, An Authentic Melodrama.” Whether Leila and Armand were introduced at that time is unknown.
President Theodore Roosevelt, whose face is on Mount Rushmore, gained his fame by cleaning up government, making it more responsive to the people and less tied to business by implementing moves that would begin the breakup of the Trusts, the vertical business monopolies that had dominated the development of the United States by the turn of the 20th Century.
The only U.S. president to serve four terms, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt guided the nation through the Great Depression and World War II.