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Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

  • Born 30 January 1882 - Hyde Park, Dutchess Co., NY
  • Deceased 12 April 1945 - Warm Springs, GA,aged 63 years old
  • Buried - Hyde Park, NY
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On the side of James Roosevelt, born 16 July 1828 - Hyde Park, Dutchess Co., NY, deceased 8 September 1919 - Hyde Park, Dutchess Co., NY aged 91 years old

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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 attended Harvard University and Columbia Law School. On St. Patrick's Day, 1905, he married Eleanor Roosevelt.
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-h-e 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.

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                                                                             _____|16_Isaac Roosevelt 1726-1794
                                                   _____|8_James Roosevelt 1760-1847
                                                  /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|17_Cornelia Hoffman 1734-1789
                         _____|4_Isaac Roosevelt, Dr. 1790-1863
                        /                        \                          _____|18_Abraham Walton ca 1739-1796
                       /                          ¯¯¯¯¯|9_Marie Eliza Walton 1769-1810
                      /                                                     ¯¯¯¯¯|19_Grace Williams
|2_James Roosevelt 1828-1919
|                    \                                                     _____|20_John Aspinwall ca 1704-1774
|                     \                           _____|10_John Aspinwall 1774-1847
|                      \                         /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|21_Rebecca Smith ca 1734-1809
|                       ¯¯¯¯¯|5_Mary Rebecca Aspinwall 1809-1886
|                                                \                          _____|22_Joseph Howland 1749-1836
|                                                 ¯¯¯¯¯|11_Susan Howland 1779-1852
|                                                                           ¯¯¯¯¯|23_Lydia Bill 1753-1838
|--1_Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President 1882-1945
|                                                                           _____|24_Ephraim Delano 1733-1815
|                                                  _____|12_Warren Delano 1779-1866
|                                                 /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|25_Elizabeth Cushman 1739-1809
|                       _____|6_Warren Delano 1809-1898
|                      /                        \                          _____|26_Joseph Church 1752-ca 1839
|                     /                          ¯¯¯¯¯|13_Deborah Church 1783-1827
|                    /                                                     ¯¯¯¯¯|27_Deborah Perry 1754-ca 1808
|3_Sara Delano 1854-1941
                      \                                                     _____|28_Joseph Lyman 1731-1804
                       \                           _____|14_Joseph Lyman 1767-1847
                        \                         /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|29_Mary Sheldon 1730..1731-1805
                         ¯¯¯¯¯|7_Catherine Robbins Lyman 1825-1896
                                                  \                         _____|30_Edward Hutchinson Robbins 1758-1829
                                                   ¯¯¯¯¯|15_Anne Jean Robbins 1789-1867
                                                                             ¯¯¯¯¯|31_Elizabeth Murray 1756-1837