Franklin D. Roosevelt

From birth to White House


Franklin D. Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, New York on January 30, 1882. He was the son of James Roosevelt and Sara Delano Roosevelt. He attended Groton (1896-1900), a prestigious preparatory school in Massachusetts, and received a BA degree in history from Harvard in only three years (1900-03). Roosevelt next studied law at New York's Columbia University. When he passed the bar examination in 1907, he left school without taking a degree. For the next three years he practiced law with a prominent New York City law firm. He entered politics in 1910 and was elected to the New York State Senate as a Democrat from his traditionally Republican home district. Roosevelt was reelected to the State Senate in 1912, and supported Woodrow Wilson's candidacy at the Democratic National Convention. As a reward for his support, Wilson appointed him Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1913, a position he held until 1920. Roosevelt's popularity and success in naval affairs resulted in his being nominated for vice-president by the Democratic Party in 1920.While vacationing at Campobello Island, New Brunswick in the summer of 1921, Roosevelt contracted poliomyelitis (infantile paralysis). Despite courageous efforts to overcome his crippling illness, he never regained the use of his legs.

Why politics? Political Stance? Contribution to America?

FDR's inspiration to enter politics was the success of his cousin, Teddy Roosevelt, who became president when Franklin was still in school. FDR was part of the Democratic Party and during his time as president he gave us The New Deal, for wich we should still be grateful. Social security, disability and unemployment taxes support many Americans. He also put people to work, and ushered in the idea of the government spending money to spur the economy.

Administration still in affect? Rate?

I rate FDR a 10 due to the affect that his administration still holds today, such as social security and disability and unemployment taxes.

Things to learn from FDR

1. Keep your ends certain but your means flexible.

2. Your are usually stronger when you work through others.

3. Curiosity is a good thing

4. The most important leadership quality of all is courage.

FDR Quotes

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

If you treat people right they will treat you right... ninety percent of the time.

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.

This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.

A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.

I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.