Which of Your Ancestors Might Have Voted for Franklin Delano Roosevelt?
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882, at his parent’s estate, in Hyde Park, New York.
FDR was an only child, raised by a strong-willed mother who would influence him throughout his life.
He learned to speak both French and German, was an outdoorsman, expert sailor and swimmer. Roosevelt graduated from Harvard, with a major in history, and as editor of the school paper, the Harvard Crimson. He next studied for his law degree at Columbia University, and passed the bar in 1907.
In 1905, Roosevelt married a distant cousin, Eleanor, with Teddy Roosevelt (Eleanor’s uncle) giving the bride away.
Franklin became involved in politics in 1910, was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1913, and unsuccessfully ran as Vice-President in 1920. Despite the loss, his political future looked bright until August of 1921, when he contracted polio. However, Roosevelt’s strong will, and his use of leg braces and crutches, got him back into politics. In 1928 he become the Governor of New York, and in 1932, he was elected President of the United States.
Roosevelt would go on to be the only man elected to four terms as a U.S. President. He died in Warm Springs, Georgia, on April 12, 1945, only a few weeks after being sworn in for his fourth term.