Franklin D. Roosevelt

On January 30, 1882 Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born in Hudson Valley, New York to James Roosevelt and Sara Ann Delano; he was their only child. As a teenager, Roosevelt played many sports including golf, polo. lawn tennis, and he also learned how to row and shoot guns. At Groton School, the headmaster Endicott Peabody, heavily influenced his students by teaching them that Christians should help the less fortunate and he urged many of them to help the homeless and less fortunate, Endicott greatly influenced Franklin and this could be why he was such the giving man that he was. In 1904 FDR joined the graduating class from Harvard and while attending the school, his cousin Thodore Roosevelt got elected into the President’s office. The way that he conducted his ethics, and the way he acted also influenced Franklin, and in 1902 he met Eleanor Roosevelt, who would three years later become his wife. The same year that he graduated, he enrolled and entered himself into Columbia Law School but three years later dropped out because he had passed The New York Bar Exam. In 1908 he took up a job at a Wall Street firm who involved themselves with corporate law; on October 11, 1911 FDR became initiated into the freemasonry. Between the years of 1906 and 1916, FDR and Eleanor were gifted with six beautiful children: Anna Eleanor, James, Franklin Delano Jr., Elliot, Franklin Delano Jr. II, and John Aspinwall. All four sons became World War II veterans and were all decorated for bravery, two of these sons were elected for the House of Representative’s. In 1910, FDR ran for New York State Senate, he soon became an extremely popular figure among many New York Democrats. In 1912 he was reelected but resigned one year later to take up his new position of Assistant U.S. Secretary to the Navy. In 1920, Franklin resigned from that job to to begin running for Vice President, and although he lost the election and returned to his law firm, he wsould soon be back up and running. In 1920 while on vacation, Roosevelt contracted polio and became paralyzed from the waist down. From then on he tried many treatments and put iron braces on his legs and would force himself to walk; hewould always be seen standing up, being aided by someone, or standing at an angle, the only time that he would be seen in a wheelchair would be when he was at home alone. In 1924, four years after becoming paralyzed, he became New York State Governor. In 1930, he was reelected as governor for a second time. Two years later, he became President of the United States; he was in office from the years 1933-1945. When he took office, two million people were homeless, one-fourth of the workforce was unemployed, prices had fallen by 60%, and it was the time of the worst depression in history. Roosevelt’s solution has been defined as relief, recovery, and reform; he wanted relief ofr the unemployed, reform for long term things that were wrong, and lastly, recovery for the economy.

From the time he was in office, he was able to accomplish all of this and more. After being elected into office for a third time, a law was passed stating that a President was only allowed to reside in office for two terms. On April 12, 1945 Roosevelt complained of a tremendous pain in the back of his head, shortly afterwards he slumped forward unconscious, he had suffered a massive stroke. He died at 3:35 pm that day. FDR was in office for twelve years, he helped the defeat of Nazi Germany, and he helped defeat Japan after Pearl Harbor too. He was a giving, thoughtful man who believed in helping others ansd trying to raise the United States to the power that it is today and to help unite other countries. Franklin Delano Roosevelt has become an icon around the world, and if it was not for this great man, who knows where the world would be today? We are in debt to the impressive, intellectual FDR.

If FDR had not been elected into office, would America have ever been pulled out of it’s Depression and become the country that it has become today?


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