Franklin D. Roosevelt

United States 32nd President

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

Biography of FDR

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born to James and Sara Delano Roosevelt on January 30, 1882 at Hyde Park, New York. He received a BA degree in history from Harvard in only three years then studied law at Columbia Law School. He proceeded to practice law at a New York city law firm until he became involved in politics. He became the New York Senate in 1910, serving two terms. President Wilson then appointed him to Assistant Secretary of the Navy and was the Democratic VP nominee in 1920. One year later, he was diagnosed with poliomyelitis. This however didn't stop him. Franklin served two terms as Governor of New York and was elected President in November 1932, defeating Herbert Hoover by seven million votes. He married Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, a distant cousin, in 1905. They had six children: Anna, James, Elliot, Franklin Jr., and John. On April 12, 1945, while at Warm Springs, Georgia, he died of a cerebral hemorrhage.

Before Presidency

· Served two terms in the New York State Senate

· Appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy by President Woodrow Wilson in 1920

· Nominated for Vice President on Democrat party with James Cox

· Nominated Governor Alfred E. Smith of New York for president at the Democratic National Convention

· Founded the Warm Springs Georgia Foundation,

· Served two terms as New York Governor

· Directed the March of Dimes program that eventually funded an effective vaccine for polio

During Presidency

During Roosevelt’s presidency, the Great Depression had taken its toll America. As soon as FDR took office, he closed all the banks and started forming agencies to employ people and save the U.S. President Roosevelt’s most popular solution to the Great Depression was called the New Deal. The New Deal consisted of programs such as Works Projects Administration and the Social Security Act. These programs provided jobs for all people, including older citizens. Although the New Deal was ambitious, it wasn't until the United States mobilized for war that the depression ended. During World War II, FDR became Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Force. After coming out of the war successful, he was on vacation at Warm Springs, Georgia, on April 12, 1945. He suffered a massive stroke and died two and one-half hours later. His death came on the eve of complete military victory in Europe and within months of victory over Japan in the Pacific.

After Presidency

He died while serving his fourth term as President of the United States. He was the only president to serve more than two terms.

Everyone leaves a legacy. FDR's Legacy...

Franklin D. Roosevelt, in my opinion, was the reason the United States had hope during the Great Depression. He allowed many people to regain stability and provided for an entire nation at very desperate times.

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

She was born to Anna Hall and Elliott Roosevelt on October 11, 1884 in New York City. She attended school in England while living with her grandparents. In 1903 she got engaged to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, her cousin, and in 1905 she was married. They had 6 children, with one son dying in infancy. Eleanor was Franklin's biggest supporter while he served in politics. She became active in the women's division of the State Democratic Committee. When FDR became ill with polio, she tended to him and continued to help his political status. Unlike any other First Lady, she traveled the country speaking and holding press conferences during the Depression. She completely changed the role of the First Lady by actually assisting the president in his duties. She was responsible for updating the public about changes in the New Deal and she was the voice for the women and children during the Great Depression. Following her husband's death, she continued her service as American spokesman in the United Nations until 1962 when she passed away in NYC. She was buried at Hyde Park next to her husband.