Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1882 - 1945

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Born: 30 January 1882, Hyde Park, New York
Died: 12 April 1945, Warm Springs, Georgia

Roosevelt was born into one of the oldest and best-connected American families. He was educated at Groton School and Harvard, entered Columbia Law School in 1906 but didn't graduate as he had already passed the bar exam and joined the Wall Street law firm of Carter Ledyard and Milburn to practice corporate law. He married his fifth cousin Eleanor Roosevelt in 1905. He served briefly in the New York state senate, then as Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1913–1918. After running for vice president in 1920 he was afflicted by polio which paralyzed him from the waist down. Elected twice as governor of New York, he ran for president in 1932 and became the only person elected to that office four times. His four terms spanned the Great Depression and World War II. Whether revered or reviled, the creator of the "New Deal" is certainly one of the most influential presidents in the country's history.

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