Eleanor Roosevelt

By: Becca Prossen

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt Background

  • Her full name was Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
  • She was born in New York City on October 11, 1884.
  • Although she grew up in a fairly wealthy family, she had a tough childhood.
  • Her mother died when she was eight and her father when she was only ten.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt later became an American politician.
  • She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from March 1933 to April 1945.

More Than Just A First Lady

Franklin D. Roosevelt, her husband, was inaugurated as President of the United States on March 4, 1933. Eleanor was now the First Lady. The job of the First Lady had always been to host parties and entertain foreign people of authority and political leaders. Eleanor decided she could do more than this alone.


At the start of Franklin's presidency, America was in the middle of the Great Depression. People around the country were struggling to find jobs and even to have enough to eat. Franklin created the New Deal to try and help poor people recover. Eleanor decided to travel around the country to see how people were doing. She traveled thousands and thousands of miles. She let her husband know where people needed help and where his programs were and weren't working, impacting the nation tremendously.