Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt


BORN: Jan. 30, 1882 (Hyde Park, New York)

DIED: April 12, 1945

PARTY: Democratic

VICE PRESIDENTS: John Nance Garner (1933-41), Henry Agard Wallace (1941-45), Harry S. Truman (1945)

PHYSICAL: 6 feet 1 inch tall, 180 pounds

FAMILY: Wife, Eleanor ("The First Lady of the World") Roosevelt (his fifth cousin); sons, James, Elliott, Franklin Delano Jr. and John; daughter, Anna Eleanor


Roosevelt contracted polio and became paralyzed in 1921. He swam to get his strength back. He wasn't sensitive about his disability and often joked about it to make other people more comfortable.


First president whose mother was eligible to vote for him

First to be elected to more than two terms (he was elected to four terms)

First to appear on television


On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, killing 2,300 Americans and wounding 1,200 more.

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