Franklin D. Roosevelt

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32nd President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945

32nd President of the United States
(March 4, 1933 to April 12, 1945)

Full Name: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Nickname: "FDR"

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

Father: James Roosevelt (1828-1900)
Mother: Sara Delano Roosevelt (1854-1941)
Married: Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), on March 17, 1905
Children: Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1906-75); James Roosevelt (1907-91); Elliott Roosevelt (1910-90); Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. (1914-88); John Aspinwall Roosevelt (1916-81)

Religion: Episcopalian
Education: Graduated from Harvard College (1903); Attended Columbia Law School
Occupation: Public official, lawyer
Political Party: Democrat
Other Government Positions:

  • Member of New York State Legislature, 1911-13
  • Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 1913-20
  • Governor of New York, 1929-33

Presidential Salary: $75,000/year

Presidential Election Results:

YearCandidatePopular VotesElectoral Votes
1932Franklin D. Roosevelt22,809,638472
(map)Herbert Hoover15,758,90159

YearCandidatePopular VotesElectoral Votes
1936Franklin D. Roosevelt27,752,869523
(map)Alfred M. Landon16,674,6658

YearCandidatePopular VotesElectoral Votes
1940Franklin D. Roosevelt27,307,819449
(map)Wendell L. Wilkie22,321,01882

YearCandidatePopular VotesElectoral Votes
1944Franklin D. Roosevelt25,606,585432
(map)Thomas E. Dewey22,014,74599

Vice President: John N. Garner (1933-41); Henry A. Wallace (1941-45); Harry S. Truman (1945)


Secretary of State
Cordell Hull (1933-44)
Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. (1944-45)
Secretary of the Treasury
William H. Woodin (1933-34)
Henry Morgenthau, Jr. (1934-45)
Secretary of War
George H. Dern (1933-36)
Harry H. Woodring (1937-40)
Henry L. Stimson (1940-45)
Attorney General
Homer S. Cummings (1933-39)
Frank Murphy (1939-40)
Robert H. Jackson (1940-41)
Francis B. Biddle (1941-45)
Postmaster General
James A. Farley (1933-40)
Frank C. Walker (1940-45)
Secretary of the Navy
Claude A. Swanson (1933-39)
Charles Edison (1940)
Frank Knox (1940-44)
James V. Forrestal (1944-45)
Secretary of the Interior
Harold L. Ickes (1933-45)
Secretary of Agriculture
Henry A. Wallace (1933-40)
Claude R. Wickard (1940-45)
Secretary of Commerce
Daniel C. Roper (1933-38)
Harry L. Hopkins (1939-40)
Jesse H. Jones (1940-45)
Henry A. Wallace (1945)
Secretary of Labor
Frances Perkins (1933-1945)

Supreme Court Justices:
Hugo Black (1937-1971)
Stanley Forman Reed (1938-1957)
Felix Frankfurter (1939-1962)
William O. Douglas (1939-1975)
Frank Murphy (1940-1949)
Harlan F. Stone, Chief (1941-1946)
James F. Byrnes (1941-1942)
Robert H. Jackson (1941-1954)
Wiley Blount Rutledge (1943-1949)

Notable Events:
Internet Biographies:
Franklin D. Roosevelt -- from The Presidents of the United States of America
Compiled by the White House.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt -- from The American President
From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.
Franklin D. Roosevelt -- from Encyclopaedia Britannica
Facts about Roosevelt and his presidency.
Franklin D. Roosevelt -- from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum
Includes a biography as well as additional stories and media.
Other Internet Resources:
The Best Biographies of Franklin D. Roosevelt
In 2012, Stephen Floyd started his search for the best biography of each president. He usually has reviews of multiple biographies for each president.
FDR Cartoons
"This site contains political cartoons from the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt. This preservation project is a cooperative venture of the AP Computer Math class and the AP United States History classes at Niskayuna High School."
Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum
Tourist information along with history, genealogy, and documents of the former president. Located in Hyde Park, New York.
Frankilin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Located in Washington, D.C., This site had tourist information, insight into the design of the memorial, and the text of the inscriptions throughout the memorial.
Health and Medical History of Franklin Roosevelt
Medical background of each president with references. Compiled by John Sotos, MD.
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
Tourist information on Roosevelt's Hyde Park, New York birthplace and boyhood home. Includes information about FDR and links to other Roosevelt tourist spots.
Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Located in New Brunswick, Canada, this international park is maintained equally by the U.S. and Canada. Roosevelt vacationed here often, fishing, hiking and sailing. Visitor information is available.
Roosevelt's Little White House
Located in Warm Springs, Georgia, this 1932 house was built near the springs Roosevelt hoped would help his polio. While posing for a portrait he suffered a stroke and died. The portrait is on display here.
USS Potomac - The Presidential Yacht Potomac
Tourist information on FDR's "Floating White House," which is now located in Oakland, California.
Points of Interest:

401 Little White House Rd, Warm Springs, GA 31830

459 NB-774, Welshpool, NB E5E 1A4, Canada

End of Clay St, Oakland, California

1850 West Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC 20242

4097 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538

Additional Facts:
  • After ratification of the Twentieth Amendment, Roosevelt became the first president inaugurated on January 20th.
  • Roosevelt was an avid stamp collector.
  • Roosevelt's wife, Eleanor, was his fifth cousin once removed. Eleanor's uncle, Theodore Roosevelt, walked her down the aisle.
  • Roosevelt appointed the first woman, Frances Perkins, to a cabinet position.
  • Roosevelt held office for over twelve years, longer than any other president. Unless the 22nd amendment is repealed no one will serve longer.
  • Roosevelt was the first president to fly in an airplane while in office.
  • Roosevelt was the first president to appear on television when he made a speech at the 1939 New York World's Fair.
  • Roosevelt was the first president to establish a presidential library.
  • Roosevelt vetoed more legislation than any other president - 635. Nine of those were overridden.
  • Roosevelt suffered from polio in 1921, losing the use of his legs.

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”

“Yours is not the task of making your way in the world, but the task of remaking the world which you will find before you.”

“A good leader can’t get too far ahead of his followers.”

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.”

“I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.”

“Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. We will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God.”

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”

“The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.”

Previous President: Herbert Hoover
Next President: Harry S. Truman