Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr.

Born Aug 17, 1914

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. was an American politician. He was the fifth child of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Sr. and his wife Eleanor.

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1914 Birth Born on August 17, 1914.


1933 18 Years Old He graduated from Groton School in 1933, Harvard University in 1937, and from the University of Virginia School of Law in June 1940. … Read More
1934 19 Years Old While not nearly as scandal-prone as his elder brothers James and Elliott, Franklin Jr. was in frequent and highly publicized legal trouble, mostly for traffic violations, and once in 1934 the president had to pay a $4,500 judgment for him after an injury-accident. He was married five times, including to Ethel du Pont (1916–1965) of the du Pont family. The couple married on June 30, 1937, and had two sons: The couple separated and formally divorced in 1949. Ethel du Pont later committed suicide at the age of 49, on May 25, 1965.


1940 25 Years Old FDR Jr. was a junior naval officer in World War II and was decorated for bravery in the battle of Casablanca. He was commissioned an ensign in the Naval Reserve on June 11, 1940.
1941 26 Years Old At the request of his father, along with brother Elliott Roosevelt he attended both the Argentia (Atlantic Charter) summit with Prime Minister Winston Churchill in August 1941, and the Casablanca Conference in January 1943. … Read More
1944 29 Years Old Later, as a lieutenant commander, to which he was promoted to on March 1, 1944, Franklin became the commanding officer of his own destroyer escort, USS Ulvert M. Moore (DE-442) on July 18, 1944. … Read More


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Roosevelt was also involved in political affairs. He served on the President's Committee on Civil Rights in 1946 for President Harry Truman. … Read More
Roosevelt Jr. was elected as a member of the United States House of Representatives in a special election in 1949, in which he ran as a candidate of the Liberal Party of New York.
1950 35 Years Old He was re-elected in 1950 and 1952 as a Democrat.
1954 39 Years Old Roosevelt sought the Democratic nomination for Governor in 1954, but, after persuasion by powerful Tammany Hall boss Carmine DeSapio, abandoned his bid for Governor and was nominated by the Democratic State Convention to run for New York State Attorney General. … Read More


1960 45 Years Old At the instigation of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., he campaigned for John F. Kennedy in the crucial 1960 West Virginia primary, falsely accusing Kennedy's opponent, Hubert Humphrey of having dodged the draft in World War II. … Read More
1961 46 Years Old He triggered controversy for representing Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo in the U.S., and dropped the account before Trujillo's assassination in 1961.


1965 50 Years Old He served as chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from May 26, 1965 to May 11, 1966.
1970 55 Years Old He married Felicia Schiff Warburg Sarnoff on July 1, 1970. The marriage was childless and ended in divorce in 1976.
1973 58 Years Old When brother Elliott published his tell-all book An Untold Story about his parents in 1973, Franklin Jr. led the family's denunciation of him. … Read More


1977 62 Years Old He married Patricia Luisa Oakes on May 6, 1977. … Read More
1984 69 Years Old On March 3, 1984, he married his fifth and final wife Linda McKay Stevenson Weicker. … Read More
1988 74 Years Old Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. died in Poughkeepsie, New York after a battle with lung cancer, on his 74th birthday, August 17, 1988.
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