Franklin Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882 - 1945)

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President Franklin Delano "FDR" Roosevelt
Born in Hyde Park, Dutchess, New York, United Statesmap
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Died in Warm Springs, Meriwether, Georgia, United Statesmap
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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
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44th Governor
of New York
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Succeeded by
33rd President
Harry S. Truman

Succeeded by
45th Governor

Herbert H. Lehman


Franklin Roosevelt is Notable.

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.

Franklin D. Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945) March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945 Initiated to the Freemasonry on October 11, 1911 in Holland Lodge No. 8, New York City. Made Honorary Grand Master of the Order of DeMolay on April 13, 1934.

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.


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

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)


  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) on Find A Grave: Memorial #897 retrieved 24 October 2018
  • List of Presidents who were Freemasons
  • S178 The White House,, accessed March 13, 2007
  • S180 Photos,, accessed March 13, 2007 Photos,, accessed March 13, 2007 Photos,, accessed March 13, 2007

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On 25 Oct 2018 John Walker IV wrote:

During the war my mother spent much of her childhood at White House with her grandfather Flt Adm Leahy . Leahy, “B”, had become close friends with FDR when he was asst Secretary of the Navy

I asked her what was fondness memory she had of FDR

When she was about 12 FDR gave his inauguration speech from the White House balcony With a powerful voice he held on to the rail with a lengthy speech My mother was standing behind him observing the strength in his voice and face as he held the rail firmly . Then she realized as FDR spoke his legs were not touching the floor and were swaying as he spoke

FDR inner strength , commitment and determination left a life long impression on her life

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 Oct 2018 at 01:02 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

No mistake, the same person served as Governor twice. See numbering set out on

On 22 Oct 2018 at 21:08 GMT Jelena Eckstädt wrote:

He was 44th Governor of New York, but preceded by the 42nd? Is that a mistake?

On 19 Oct 2018 at 22:50 GMT Abby (Brown) Glann wrote:

This biography looks great! Any chances we can add some inline citations? It's very helpful to those who didn't contribute to the profile but would like to see where a fact came from. Thanks!

On 21 Dec 2017 at 13:39 GMT Carole Taylor wrote:

Category: Freemasonry

"Franklin D. Roosevelt January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945 March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945 Initiated on October 11, 1911 in Holland Lodge No. 8, New York City. Made Honorary Grand Master of the Order of DeMolay on April 13, 1934."

On 30 Sep 2017 at 02:41 GMT Shirley Davis wrote:

President Roosevelt died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage while he was sitting for a portrait. The "Unfinished Portrait" remains on the easel as it was when the artist Elizabeth Shoumatoff laid down her brush. Story from The Charles Stanley Life Principles Bible page 1220.

On 2 Aug 2017 at 16:25 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Roosevelt-430 and Roosevelt-1 appear to represent the same person because: same information and parents

On 4 Jul 2017 at 22:59 GMT Yvonne (Williams) Doñate wrote:

Hey I noticed you did not include their child that died. He was the first Franklin , Jr born in 1909 and died in 1909. If wikitree wont let you add the child you can always make notes in all the family members bio's

On 12 Jun 2017 at 03:19 GMT Pam (Walsworth) McAllister wrote:

They were married in the Borough of Manhattan, New York. the street is diffiult to read-kooks like 6th-8 east ? sixth-City of New York Certificate number 6145. I can scan the certificate and e mail if wanted-let me know

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.

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