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Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Country: United States of America
Office: 32nd President of the United States
Party: Democratic
Assumed Office: March 4, 1933April 12, 1945

Franklin D. Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882 at Hyde Park, New York which is now home to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library. Roosevelt's parents were private tutors and gave him most of his early education. He attended Harvard University and received a degree in history in only 3 years (1900-1903). He began studying law at New York's Columbia University but left without graduating after he passed the bar exam. He married Eleanor Roosevelt, a distant relative and niece of Theodor Roosevelt in 1905.

In 1910, he was elected to the New York State Senate as a Democrat. Presidential predecessor, Theodore Roosevelt, was a Republican. Roosevelt supported Woodrow Wilson's Democratic party nomination. As a reward, the now President Wilson made him Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1913. He held the post until 1920.

In the summer of 1921, while vacationing on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Roosevelt contracted poliomyelitis which caused him to be paralyzed from the waist down. Roosevelt fought bravely against his paralysis and thus established the March of Dimes which eventually developed a vaccine for the disease.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum