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Roosevelt was born at his familys estate at Hyde Park in Dutchess County New York on January 301882 He was the only child of James Roosevelt and Sara Delano Roosevelt James Roosevelt was a moderately successful businessman with a variety of investments and a special interest in coal He was also a conservative Democrat who was interested in politics His home overlooking the Hudson River was comfortable without being ostentatious and the family occupied a prominent position among the social elite of the area Sara Delano 26 years younger than her previously widowed husband brought to the marriage a fortune considerably larger than that of James Roosevelt The Delano family had prospered trading with China and Sara herself had spent some time with her parents in Hong Kong So Franklin was born into a pleasant and sociable home with loving wealthy parents Roosevelts parents sent him off to school in 1896 They selected Groton School in Massachusetts which had a reputation as one of the finest of the exclusive private schools that prepared boys for the Ivy League colleges Young Roosevelt was a good student popular with his fellow students as well as with his teachersRoosevelt moved to New York City where he entered the Columbia University Law School in 1904 Although he attended classes until 1907 he failed to stay on for his law degree after passing the state examinations allowing him to practice law For the next three years he was a clerk in a prominent law firm in New York City but the evidence is clear that he had little interest in law and little enthusiasm to be a lawyerWell before he finished his work at Columbia young Franklin Roosevelt had married his distant cousin Anna Eleanor Roosevelt They had been in love for some time and were determined to marry in spite of the opposition of Franklins mother The brides uncle President Theodore Roosevelt was present at the ceremony in New
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