Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Hometown Hyde Park, New York
Died Apr 12, 1945
Death Place Warm Springs, Geo...
Political Party Democratic Party
Religion Episcopal Church ...
Alma Mater Harvard College +...

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, also known by his initials, FDR was the 32nd President of the United States and a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic depression and total war. The only American president elected to more than two terms, he facilitated a durable coalition that realigned American politics for decades.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

…  Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882, in the Hudson Valley town of Hyde Park, New York to businessman James Roosevelt I (1828–1900) and Sara Ann Delano (1854–1941). … Read More

TWENTIES

1902 - 1904 3 More Events
1905 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1905, he married Eleanor Roosevelt, with whom he had six children.
1907 - 1909 2 More Events
1910 28 Years Old 1 More Event
He entered politics in 1910, serving in the New York State Senate, and then as Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President Woodrow Wilson.
1911 29 Years Old Taking his seat on January 1, 1911, Roosevelt immediately became the leader of a group of "Insurgents" who opposed the bossism of the Tammany machine dominating the state Democratic Party. … Read More

THIRTIES

1912 - 1914 5 More Events
1917 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 1917, after Germany initiated its submarine warfare campaign, Roosevelt asked Wilson for permission, which was denied, to fit the naval fleet out for war. … Read More
In September 1918, Eleanor found letters revealing the affair in Roosevelt's luggage, when he returned from World War I. … Read More
1919 37 Years Old In 1919, newspapers in Newport, Rhode Island criticized Roosevelt over his handling of what came to be known as the Newport sex scandal. … Read More
1920 38 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1920, Roosevelt ran for vice president alongside presidential candidate James M. Cox but the Cox/Roosevelt ticket lost to the Republican ticket of Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge. … Read More

FORTIES

1922 40 Years Old …  He helped Alfred E. Smith win the election for governor of New York in 1922, and in 1924 was a strong supporter of Smith against his cousin, Republican Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. Roosevelt gave nominating speeches for Smith at the 1924 and 1928 Democratic conventions; the speech at the 1924 election marked a return to public life following his illness and convalescence.
1928 46 Years Old As the Democratic Party presidential nominee in the 1928 election, Smith in turn asked Roosevelt to run for governor in the state election. … Read More
1929 47 Years Old In April 1929 a bomb was found addressed to him at the Albany, New York post office. … Read More
1930 48 Years Old In May 1930, as he began his run for a second term, Roosevelt reiterated his doctrine from the campaign two years before: "that progressive government by its very terms, must be a living and growing thing, that the battle for it is never ending and that if we let up for one single moment or one single year, not merely do we stand still but we fall back in the march of civilization." … Read More

FIFTIES

1932 50 Years Old 1 More Event
Roosevelt defeated incumbent Republican president Herbert Hoover in November 1932, at the depth of the Great Depression. … Read More
…  In February 1933, Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt. … Read More
1934 - 1935 3 More Events
But Smith overplayed his hand, and his boisterous rhetoric let Roosevelt isolate his opponents and identify them with the wealthy vested interests that opposed the New Deal, strengthening Roosevelt for the 1936 landslide.
Unemployment fell dramatically in Roosevelt's first term, from 25% when he took office to 14.3% in 1937.
Roosevelt at first had massive support from the rapidly growing labor unions, but they split into bitterly feuding AFL and CIO factions, the latter led by John L. Lewis. Roosevelt pronounced a "plague on both your houses," but labor's disunity weakened the party in the elections from 1938 through 1946.
Roosevelt said in 1939 that France and Britain were America's "first line of defense" and needed American aid, but because of widespread isolationist sentiment, he reiterated the US itself would not go to war.
Roosevelt forged a close personal relationship with Churchill, who became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in May 1940. … Read More
When Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, Roosevelt agreed to extend Lend-Lease to the Soviets. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

…  The emotional break in their marriage was so severe that when Roosevelt asked Eleanor in 1942—in light of his failing health—to come back home and live with him again, she refused. … Read More
1943 61 Years Old …  Roosevelt met with Churchill and the Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek at the Cairo Conference in November 1943, and then went to the Tehran Conference to confer with Churchill and Stalin. … Read More
In 1944, the President requested that Congress enact legislation which would tax all unreasonable profits, both corporate and individual, and thereby support his declared need for over $10 billion in revenue for the war and other government measures.
The President left the Yalta Conference on February 12, 1945, flew to Egypt and boarded the USS Quincy operating on the Great Bitter Lake near the Suez Canal. … Read More
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