Franklin Delano Roosevelt

(1882 - 1945)

Born in Hyde Park, New York, the future site of his presidential library, Franklin Delano Roosevelt started his political career by winning what seemed like an impossible state senate election and ended it as the only U.S. president to serve more than two terms. He died during World War II at Warm Springs, Georgia, where he had established a treatment center for those, like him, who suffered from polio. He was in the middle of having his portrait painted by Elizabeth Shoumatoff when he had a cerebral hemorrhage and died. The unfinished painting now hangs at Warm Springs.

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who gave thirty so-called fireside chats over twelve years, was afraid of fire and refused to lock his door while sleeping so as to ensure easy escape, which he would often practice by dropping quickly from his bed or chair and crawling to the exit.

I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.

—Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1940

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