Franklin D. Roosevelt

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The 32nd President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was the greatest president to ever lead the United States of America. He was a very fascinating, strong-willed, intelligent, and courageous man. Many difficult events happened during FDR’s presidency that many other presidents before would have buckled under the pressure, but not him. He seemed to always have a plan for every challenge thrown his way. America could use a president like him today to help this nation achieve greatness once again.

Roosevelt was born on January 30th, 1882 to a Mr. James Roosevelt who was 53 at the time of birth and a Mrs. Sara “Sallie” Roosevelt whom was 26 at the time of birth. His father, James, was a very wealthy business man and took his family overseas many times, something most families in this time period did not get to experience. He attended a public school for about six weeks and the rest of his time was spent in a private school by the name of Groton. He then went on to study history and eventually get his BA degree from Harvard. Yet, that was not enough for FDR. He continued his education at New York’s Columbia Law School and passed his bar exam in 1907. (Tothero www.presidentialtimeline.com) While studying at Columbia he married a distant cousin of his named Eleanor Roosevelt. They had six children, five of which survived infancy.

Only three years after passing his bar exam, Roosevelt landed a job in the New York state senate; then again in 1912. Through the spoils system, which granted people jobs that were sometimes less qualified and just knew the right people; in this case it was Woodrow Wilson, FDR gained the position of secretary to the Navy. Teddy Roosevelt, the nation’s 26th president and FDR’s distant relative, also held this job title before he became president. Roosevelt served in this position until 1920 the same year he decided to run for vice president under James M. Cox on the democratic ticket that “lost overwhelmingly” to Warren Harding and Calvin...
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