Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882 - 1945)

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President Franklin Delano "FDR" Roosevelt
Born in Hyde Park, Dutchess, New York, USAmap
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Died in Warm Springs, Meriwether, Georgia, USAmap
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01:58: Linda (Ortland) Larson edited a memory from Linda (Ortland) Larson about Franklin Roosevelt. [Thank Linda for this]
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Preceded by
31st President
Herbert Hoover

Preceded by
42nd Governor

Al Smith
Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd President
of the United States
Presidential Seal

44th Governor
of New York
Seal of the State of New York
Succeeded by
33rd President
Harry S. Truman

Succeeded by
45th Governor

Herbert H. Lehman


Franklin Delano Roosevelt (often called FDR) was the thirty-second president of the United States. He served from 1933 through 1945. Assuming the Presidency at the depth of the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt helped the American people regain faith in themselves. He brought hope as he promised prompt, vigorous action, and asserted in his Inaugural Address, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

Born in 1882 at Hyde Park, New York--now a national historic site-- he is the son of James Roosevelt and Sarah Delano. Franklin attended Harvard University and Columbia Law School. On St. Patrick's Day, 1905, he married Eleanor Roosevelt.

Following the example of his fifth cousin, President Theodore Roosevelt, whom he greatly admired, Franklin D. Roosevelt entered public service through politics, but as a Democrat. He won election to the New York Senate in 1910. President Wilson appointed him Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and he was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 1920.

In the summer of 1921, when he was 39, disaster hit-he was stricken with poliomyelitis. Demonstrating indomitable courage, he fought to regain the use of his legs, particularly through swimming. At the 1924 Democratic Convention he dramatically appeared on crutches to nominate Alfred E. Smith as "the Happy Warrior." In 1928 Roosevelt became Governor of New York.

He was elected President in November 1932, to the first of four terms. By March there were 13,000,000 unemployed, and almost every bank was closed. In his first "hundred days," he proposed, and Congress enacted, a sweeping program to bring recovery to business and agriculture, relief to the unemployed and to those in danger of losing farms and homes, and reform, especially through the establishment of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

By 1935 the Nation had achieved some measure of recovery, but businessmen and bankers were turning more and more against Roosevelt's New Deal program. They feared his experiments, were appalled because he had taken the Nation off the gold standard and allowed deficits in the budget, and disliked the concessions to labor. Roosevelt responded with a new program of reform: Social Security, heavier taxes on the wealthy, new controls over banks and public utilities, and an enormous work relief program for the unemployed.

In 1936 he was re-elected by a top-heavy margin. Feeling he was armed with a popular mandate, he sought legislation to enlarge the Supreme Court, which had been invalidating key New Deal measures. Roosevelt lost the Supreme Court battle, but a revolution in constitutional law took place. Thereafter the Government could legally regulate the economy.

Roosevelt had pledged the United States to the "good neighbor" policy, transforming the Monroe Doctrine from a unilateral American manifesto into arrangements for mutual action against aggressors. He also sought through neutrality legislation to keep the United States out of the war in Europe, yet at the same time to strengthen nations threatened or attacked. When France fell and England came under siege in 1940, he began to send Great Britain all possible aid short of actual military involvement.

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Roosevelt directed organization of the Nation's manpower and resources for global war.

Feeling that the future peace of the world would depend upon relations between the United States and Russia, he devoted much thought to the planning of a United Nations, in which, he hoped, international difficulties could be settled.

As the war drew to a close, Roosevelt's health deteriorated, and on April 12, 1945, while at Warm Springs, Georgia, he died of a cerebral hemorrhage. FDR was also related to:

Winston Churchill (7th cousin once removed, maternal)
John Quincy Adams (paternal)
John Adams (paternal)
Ulysses S. Grant (maternal)
Zachary Taylor (maternal)
Jefferson Davis (maternal)
James Madison (maternal)
George Washington (maternal)
Robert E. Lee (maternal)
Benjamin Harrison (maternal)
William Henry Harrison (maternal)
William Howard Taft (maternal)
Martin Van Buren (paternal)


Descendant of Pilgrims Isaac Allerton, Francis Cooke, John Howland, Degory Priest, John Tilley and Richard Warren.


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On 29 Mar 2017 Linda (Ortland) Larson wrote:

My grandfather came to know Franklin Roosevelt, they both were members of the same club. A some point when he was Secretary of State he appointed my grandfather to Annapolis Naval Academy Henry Ortland Jr. Our family has this document.

On 15 Apr 2013 Sherri Harder wrote:

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On 23 Dec 2015 at 16:50 GMT Randi Rivenbark wrote:

Are FDR, Eleanor and Teddy in the New Holland and Dutch ancestors projects? They should be.

On 8 Aug 2015 at 15:02 GMT Dadijo Penguinez wrote:

All presidents are blood related to eachother.

On 17 Sep 2014 at 15:10 GMT Eowyn Langholf wrote:

This profile is the
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On 14 Sep 2014 at 10:58 GMT M. (Stewart) H. wrote:

There is no marriage dates, location or sources for the marriages of Warren Delano Sr and his son Warren Jr.

If we are to prove the connection of President Franklin Roosevelt these must be provided. Thanks.

On 11 Jan 2014 at 20:18 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

Please add me to the trusted list for the US Presidents Project ! I would like to a post-merge clean-up

Thanks ~~ Maggie, Project Leader

On 21 Dec 2013 at 07:48 GMT Judi Stutz wrote:

I visited the FDR presidential library in 2011 and took a great photo of the front of the family home. If you'd like to use it, let me know.

On 7 Dec 2013 at 19:22 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

Hi Sherri , can you merge the two profiles please ? I appreciate it (-:

On 9 Nov 2013 at 22:54 GMT Philip Smith wrote:

You may have missed the proposed merge – it is on the bottom left of the profile.

You may have other pending merges as well, they are listed under Find at the very top right of the page. Thank you. Phil

On 9 Nov 2013 at 22:52 GMT Philip Smith wrote:

you can add this:

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Franklin is 11 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 18 degrees from Lucrezia Borgia, 19 degrees from Emma MacBeath, 19 degrees from Charles Schulz and 10 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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