Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, was the thirty-second President of the United States of America. He was President during the Great Depression and World War II. Relief, reform, and recovery became themes for his presidency and the New Deal legislation and programs he championed. He was elected President a record setting four times. George Washington had started the two term presidency limit and FDR was not the first President to attempt to serve more, but he was the President to be elected four times. He still has wound up to be ranked historically as a favorite and effective President following George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
FDR was born to wealthy and prosperous parents in Hyde Park, New York in 1882. Theodore Roosevelt was a fifth cousin and Franklin admired him, although they were aligned with different political parties. The twenty-sixth U.S. President was a Republican and FDR was a Democrat. FDR attended Harvard College and graduated in 1903 with a degree in history. He married Eleanor Roosevelt in 1905. They were fifth cousins, once removed. They had six children, although one son died in 1909 while an infant.
FDR was a member of the New York State Senate and then served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He was diagnosed with polio in 1921. He became paralyzed and wound up in a wheelchair. Therapy and determination led to him walking with braces and a cane at times, although he still had to use his wheelchair. He returned to politics and became the Governor of New York in 2929. Being President from March 4, 1933 until his death on April 12, 1945 from a stroke was next.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt expanded government social and economic programs. He took the United States from staying out of foreign affairs to being world leaders. FDR was a champion to major minority groups due to New Deal relief programs. His role in the March of Dimes is why he is honored on the American dime. Places in the United States and in other places across the world are named in his honor. Memorials and historic sites have been made.
FDR let the United States know that “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He inspired the country. Let yourself be inspired. Have a bright day!