Franklin Delano Roosevelt
32nd President of the United States

(1933 - 1945)
Vice President: John N. Garner, Henry A. Wallace, Harry S. Truman
Franklin D. Roosevelt and Fala in Washington, Washington, D.C. in 1943.

Franklin D. Roosevelt on pony in Hyde Park, New York April, 1889.

FDR and Family at Val Kill, Hyde Park, NY. in 1930.

Franklin D. Roosevelt having a fireside chat in Washington, D.C.

FDR Fishing at Warm Springs, 1925.

Roosevelt in France with son, Elliot.

FDR at the West Virginia Foundation for Crippled Children.

Roosevelt with Fala and Ruthie Bie, Top Cottage Hyde Park, New York.

Franklin D. Roosevelt portrait, 12 years old April, 1895

President: Franklin D. Roosevelt

Wife: Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), on March 17, 1905

Kids: Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1906-75); James Roosevelt (1907-91); Elliott Roosevelt (1910-90); Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. (1914-88); John Aspinwall Roosevelt (1916-81)

Pets: a Scottish terrier; Fala, a Scottish terrier; Major, a German shepherd; Winks, a Llewellyn setter; Tiny, an English sheepdog; President, a Great Dane; Blaze, a mastiff

Bio: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, (1882-1945), was the 32nd President Of The United States. Born on January 30, 1882, at the family estate in Hyde Park, New York, he was a distant relative of Theodore Roosevelt. Franklin enjoyed a happy, wealthy childhood. Although his grades were average at Harvard, he graduated within 3 years with a BA in 1903. While at Harvard, Franklin met Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, his fifth cousin once removed. On March 17, 1905, the two were married at a ceremony where her uncle Theodore Roosevelt gave her away. They went on to have six children, one of which died in infancy.

He decided to run for the New York state Senate seat as a Democrat in 1910. Although he had little political knowledge, his wealth and connections earned him the respect he needed to win.

Roosevelt moved to Washington DC in 1913 to accept the position of Assistant Secretary of the Navy. In 1921, Roosevelt was stricken with polio which paralyzed much of his body, forcing him to use a wheelchair. This did not slow his political aspirations and in 1928, he became governor of NY for two terms. His innovative ideas to improve the economy of the US after the stock market crash led to his victory over Hoover in the presidential election of 1932. He went on to be elected 3 more times.

His solution to the Depression was called The New Deal. It was a relief program offering grants and assistance to ease the suffering of the people. By the late 30’s he had to turn his attention to foreign affairs as talk of war escalated in Europe. He campaigned in 1940 on the promise of staying out of the war. But on December 7, 1941, the US was forced to take action when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

Unfortunately, he was unable to celebrate the US victory since he died on April 12, 1945, approximately 4 months before the end of the war.

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