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Franklin D. Roosevelt

By Brittany Antonacci February 03, 2020 0 comments

Born on January 30, 1882 in the Hudson Valley town of Hyde Park in New York—Franklin Delanor Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, was brought up in a wealthy family and had success practically running through his fingertips. Throughout the entirety of his life he was constantly travelling to Europe and was able to learn German and French through his endeavors. Roosevelt attended public school in Germany up until the age of 9, was homeschooled for a while, then eventually went to Groton School (an Episcopal boarding school). When Roosevelt was ready to attend college, he went to Harvard to study history and became a member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, the Fly Club, cheer leading, as well as acting as the editor-in-chief of The Harvard Crimson. Post-Harvard Roosevelt entered Columbia Law School and passed the New York bar exam, thus landing a job at one of the most prestigious law firms on wall street working in the firms administry law division.

FDR decided to enter politics because he was inspired by the success of his cousin Theodore Roosevelt (26th U.S. President).  When Roosevelt was working at the law firm, a democratic District Attorney (John Mack) came to the office to get some papers signed and offered Roosevelt a seat on the NY Assembly, Roosevelt was so ecstatic and decided to take the position. It wasn’t until July 4, 1944 when FDR announced his candidacy. When it was time to start campaigning, he rented a car and cruised around the states, specifically in rural areas. Roosevelt ended up winning by over 1,000 votes.

FDR was sworn into office on January 20, 1937 and started getting right to work, as he was given the task of fixing the post-depression economy. Within his time as president he established the Emergency Banking Act, which brought stability and ended the bank runs that had plagued the great depression. Along with setting up his first new deal which established various institutions to rebuild the economy in a time of despair. This included things like The Federal Emergency Act, which set up loans to get people above the poverty line, and The Civilian Conservation Act, which employed over 3 million young men. And when he was busy re-building the economy, he fought against discrimination and made sure there was an established quota for minimum wage employment. And right when you think his time as president is over, he served a third term, which makes him the longest serving president in United States history. In this term he helped the United States through the beginning of World War II and continued to make the economy flourish.

Unfortunately, FDR passed away on April 12, 1945—before he got to finish out his third term. Roosevelt was one of the most important pieces of American history, and one of the only presidents to get elected for a third term. If it was not for FDR back than we would not be where we are today!

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