James Roosevelt (1907-1988) was the oldest son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Elanor Roosevelt. During World War II he was second-in-command of the 2nd Raider Battalion of the Marine Raiders, an early US Marine commando unit organized and trained to conduct guerrilla-style attacks behind enemy lines. Eventually he retired at the rank of Brigadier General, winning the Navy Cross and Silver Star in combat.
After the war he was elected to Congress as a Representative from California where he served until 1961 when he was elected Governor of California. In 1972 he was nominated as the running mate of Robert F. Kennedy on the Democratic ticket for the Presidency. Believing himself too old to run for President in 1980, Roosevelt retired, dying in late 1988 from complications following a massive stroke.