Franklin D. Roosevelt Facts, History and Information

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Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) was stricken with Polio early in life and was left with a disability. However, this did not stop him from rising to the Presidency and leading the American people through the Great Depression and World War II. FDR was the first and last President to serve four consecutive terms. He was the 32nd president.

Roosevelt's wife name was Eleanor. They had 5 children together. Roosevelt had a 20 year long affair with his secretary. Eleanor, as a first lady, visited troops all over the world under the code name of Rover. She was a union supporter, pushed for day cares and to put blacks in combat. She used the war to changed the country further.

FDR is famous for his fireside chats, the New Deal, and his moving speeches. Although confined to a wheel chair, Roosevelt insisted on standing for all but one of his speeches, his last speech he delivered to Congress.

The war was hard on Roosevelt's health. This stress was seen in his face. He had heart trouble and high blood pressure. Roosevelt died in Office in April 1945 a few weeks before Germany surrendered. After Roosevelt's Death, Truman became president.

Quotes

  • The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.--First Inaugural Address 1933
  • This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny. --Address 1936
  • We would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.--  1939 Address
  • We build and defend not for our generation alone. We defend the foundations laid by our fathers. We build a life for generations yet unborn. We defend and we build a life, not for America alone, but for all mankind. -- Fireside Chat 1940

See also,

Franklin D. Roosevelt Biography

The New Deal Summary

Day of Infamy Speech Dec 7, 1941