Eleanor Roosevelt
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Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)

Anna Eleanor (Eleanor) Roosevelt
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Died at age 78 in New York, New Yorkmap
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Anna Eleanor Roosevelt[1] (11 October 1884 – 07 November 1962) was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from 1933 to 1945 during her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office. President Harry S. Truman later nicknamed her the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements.

Born into a wealthy and well-connected New York family, the Roosevelts, Eleanor had an unhappy childhood, suffering the deaths of both parents and one of her brothers at a young age. At 15, she attended Allenwood Academy in London, and was deeply influenced by feminist headmistress Marie Souvestre. Returning to the US, she married Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1905. The Roosevelts' marriage was complicated from the beginning by Franklin's controlling mother, and after discovering Franklin's affair with Lucy Mercer in 1918, Eleanor resolved to seek fulfillment in a public life of her own. She persuaded Franklin to stay in politics following his partial paralysis from polio, and began to give speeches and campaign in his place. After Franklin's election as Governor of New York, Eleanor regularly made public appearances on his behalf.

Though widely respected in her later years, Roosevelt was a controversial First Lady for her outspokenness, particularly for her stands on racial issues. She was the first presidential spouse to hold press conferences, write a syndicated newspaper column, and speak at a national convention; on a few occasions, she publicly disagreed with her husband's policies. She launched an experimental community at Arthurdale, West Virginia for the families of unemployed miners, later widely regarded as a failure. She advocated for expanded roles for women in the workplace, the civil rights of African Americans and Japanese Americans, and the rights of World War II refugees.


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... suggested that she should make any comments she had on politics as off the record. She told them that she made her comments on purpose to stir controversy and get people talking about the issues. She thought no topic was off limits. FDR did not even publicly support civil rights until she started talking about the issues she had with the Jim Crow Laws.

Meltzer, Brad, Heroes for my son, pgs 64-65, Harper Collins Publishing

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
17,000 veterans and their families felt they were due overdue payments for their service during WWI. They descended on Washington DC in 1932 and built a tent city. President Hoover sent General MacArthur to meet them with force, tanks and tear gas. They left and returned in March of 1933 when FDR was in office. Did he send out the troops, tanks and force? No, he sent out Eleanor! Not only did she go out to handle it, she did not take troops or anything else. She went alone in the rain and mud. She walked among them and actually sat and talked with them and listened. Soon after, twenty-five thousand jobs were created for Vets due to executive order for creation of Civilian Conservation Corps. This also eventually led to the 1944 passage of the GI Bill of Rights. Many journalists ...
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Roosevelt-165 and Roosevelt-10 appear to represent the same person because: think these are the same person
Roosvelt-19 and Roosevelt-10 appear to represent the same person because: same person LNAB mis-spelled
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posted by Robin Lee
We would like to clean-up and add a little biography here !

Thanks ~~ Maggie, Project Leader http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:US_Presidents

posted by Maggie N.