Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882 in Hyde Park, New York.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882 in Hyde Park, New York.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882 in Hyde Park, New York. For his education he attended Groton, a prestigious preparatory school in Massachusetts. Following this he attended Harvard where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in only three years. After earning his degree he proceeded to study law at Columbia University in New York City. He passed his BAR examination and left Columbia without a law degree. In1910, he was elected to the New York State Senate and in 1913; he gave up this position to become assistant secretary of the Navy. In 1920, he was nominated to become Vice-President of the United States on the ticket of James M. Cox of Ohio. However, Republican Warren Harding won and Roosevelt returned to private life. In 1921, while vacationing at Campobello Island, New Brunswick he contracted polio, and lost the use of his legs. In 1928, he was elected Governor of New York. After his reelection in 1930, he began his campaign for presidency. In 1932, he won the nomination and as a result of his energetic campaigning, he defeated Herbert Hoover by 7 million votes. In the months before his inauguration the Great Depression was beginning to worsen. During his first “100 days,” he worked with congress to pass legislation that would improve the country’s situation. He created several organizations that employed young men, insured bank deposits, regulated the stock market, subsidized home and farm mortgage payments, and aided the unemployed. As a result of the popularity of his legislation known as the New Deal, he was easily reelected to office in 1936. However, he soon faced criticism and the Supreme Court began to think that some of his policies were unconstitutional. The court eventually decided in favor of his legislation. These were soon to be the least of his worries at the start of World War II on September 1, 1939, when the German army invaded Poland. After Hitler atta…


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