On October 11, 1884, a remarkable individual whom would later be considered one of the world’s most influential women was born. Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York to her parents Anna Hall Roosevelt and Elliot Roosevelt. With her blue eyes and light brown hair, she would warm the heart of every individual she came across. She grew to be five feet and eleven inches, which to this day makes her the tallest first lady. With regards of being the first lady she never regarded herself as a V.I.P., however she demonstrated her status with naturalness and simplicity. Her simple style and elegant way’s imposed her true character as the first lady.
Through the public eye she was seen as a young girl born into a wealthy family full of several privileges. However, many did not truly understand her personal life. In addition, she endured a very somber and lonely childhood. Her father was an alcoholic, who died from acute alcoholism and narcotic addiction. He was the only person who had real unconditional love for her. Her mother Anna did not find her beautiful. As is said in “This Is My Story, she was made to feel that nothing about her would attract attention or bring admiration. Unfortunately, Eleanor also loses her mother around the same time as her father around the age of 8. Their maternal grandmother Mary Ludlow raised Eleanor and her brother.
In one of her most distinguishing quotes Eleanor states that, “Character building begins in our infancy and continues until death.” Through internal conflict, we can understand that she was put through an unfortunate childhood, which in any case damages an individual. However, she did not let that prevent her from being successful. Instead she overcame obstacles that made her struggle with strength. This allowed her to obtain knowledge and wisdom and hold full responsibility of her life. Hernandez 2
In 1889,one experience that positively impacted and shaped Eleanor’s life was studying abroad. At the age of 15, Eleanor enrolled at Allenswood, an all girls’ boarding school in London. While being there, she was influenced by Marie Souvestre, who was a well-known French headmistress. At this time she was the only person who could understand Eleanor and help her cope with her losses. She and Eleanor shared similar interests in travel and in perspectives of the world. Marie taught her principles and morals which Eleanor carried with her every day. During those three years, she became a genuine and mature young woman. She studied languages and learned new literature.
When Eleanor arrives back in New York, she meets with her fifth cousin Franklin Roosevelt. He would soon become her husband and future President. Their personalities were fairly different. Eleanor was serious and reserved, while Franklin always had an appetite for fun, which was totally opposite to her. Before it actually occurs, this difference foreshadows conflict in their relationship. The small differences were put aside and Franklin Roosevelt marries Eleanor Roosevelt on March 17, 1905.
Within a Year of their marriage, Eleanor began her family. Her nourtuing and loving personality, constructed her large family. From 1906 to 1916, the Roosevelt’s had six children. They had Anna, James, Franklin JR, Elliot, Franklin, and John. As a mother she felt inadequate because she didn’t know how to play with her children or interact as well as Franklins mother knew. Her mother- in- law was their neighbor and in some sense held a large portion of authorative figure in their home. In 1911, when Franklin Roosevelt, won a seat in the New York State Senate, Eleanor was initiated in becoming the official political wife. Franklin Roosevelt owed Eleanor Roosevelt a great deal of hiHernandez 3 Hernandez 3
s success with his political career.
A life-changing event in 1918 that devastates Eleanor is the reality that Franklin Roosevelt was...