Modern American History
26 September 2012
Franklin D. Roosevelt
During the early to mid 20th century, the United States faced its toughest times it’s seen throughout its history. Major stock market crashes, bank failures and major job loss all resulted to a devastating recession. Conflicts abroad led to the greatest war the world had ever seen. Throughout all this and more America was led by, arguably one of the most influential figures in history, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was the 32nd president and the only president to be elected four times. His ideals of building back a nation with the help of government was very controversial. But at a time when America was desperate for change, a better leader could not have emerged.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt also known as FDR was born in Hyde Park, New York on January 30, 1882. He was born to very privileged family as an only child. He was well educated and a fine student. He went to a prestigious preparatory school in Massachusetts followed by Harvard when he graduated in 1900. While at college his fifth cousin Theodore Roosevelt became president. He met his future wife, Theodore’s daughter, Eleanor Roosevelt at a white house reception and in 1902. After graduating from Harvard in 1903, he went on to marry Eleanor on March 17, 1905. They had six children together, one of which died at a very young age. He studied law and passed the bar exam in 1907 and would begin his political career shortly after.
Roosevelt began his political career by running for the New York State Senate in 1910. His name helped carry him to a victory and his hard work helped carry him to a second term. His support of Woodrow Wilson’s presidential bid in 1912 led to his appointment as Assistant US Secretary of the Navy in 1914. He later resigned from this position because of the Newport Sex scandal in 1920. In August of 1921 FDR was diagnosed with polio which resulted in his paralysis from the waist...