I have been taking the approximately month and a half to review the United States past Presidents. All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America. Looking back, may help prepare each of us to move forward. We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.
Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States. He served from March 4, 1933 until April 12, 1945. He was, also, a lawyer, statesman, and political leader. FDR served more terms of office as President than any other President. The 22nd Amendment limiting service to two terms was passed in 1947.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born in 1882 in Hyde Park, New York. FDR was an only child. His family was wealthy and they traveled often. He attended Groton School, a boarding school in Massachusetts. He went on to attend Harvard College. He was editor-in-chief of The Harvard Crimson daily newspaper. He graduated in 1903 with an A.B. in history. He then went to Columbia Law School and was admitted to the New York bar in 1907. He took a job at a law firm and dealt mainly with corporate law.
In 1905, he married Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, a distant cousin. They had six children, a girl and five boys. One boy died while an infant. FDR had affairs and Eleanor moved to a house of her own in Hyde Park. FDR’s dog Fala was the President’s constant companion.
In 1911, FDR became a Member of the New York State Senate. In 1913, he became the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He next returned to New York to practice law. In 1921, he was diagnosed with polio and was paralyzed. He had a wheelchair to use, but learned to walk with leg braces and a cane. Following some recovery and therapy, FDR returned to politics. He became the Governor of New York in 1929. In 1933, his next elected position was to become the President. He led the country through an economic depression and World War II. His New Deal programs provided relief, recovery, and reform. He repealed Prohibition in 1933. He founded the March of Dimes in 1938.
During World War II, FDR supported Allied countries before being drawn into the war when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He implemented war strategy that defeated the Axis Powers and oversaw development of the nuclear bomb. Unemployment dropped during the war as well.
FDR died just over a month into his fourth term. He died in 1945 in Warm Springs, Georgia. FDR was a hero to minority groups, except the World War II interment camped Japanese Americans. He is ranked very highly as a President in historical rankings. He is on the dime, has memorial statues, stamps, and many places named after him. His work for national parks and other programs make his Presidency memorable.
Be inspired! Have a bright day!