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Franklin Roosevelt Assuming the Presidency at the depth of the Great Depression Franklin D Roosevelt helped the American people regain faith in themselves He brought hope as he promised prompt vigorous action and asserted in his Inaugural Address the only thing we have to fear is fear itself Born in 1882 at Hyde Park New York--now a national historic site--he attended Harvard University and Columbia Law School On St Patricks Day 1905 he married Eleanor Roosevelt Following the example of his fifth cousin President Theodore Roosevelt whom he greatly admired Franklin D Roosevelt entered public service through politics but as a Democrat He won election to the New York Senate in 1910 President Wilson appointed him Assistant Secretary of the Navy and he was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 1920 In the summer of 1921 when he was 39 disaster hit-h-e was stricken with poliomyelitis Demonstrating indomitable courage he fought to regain the use of his legs particularly through swimming At the 1924 Democratic Convention he dramatically appeared on crutches to nominate Alfred E Smith as the Happy Warrior In 1928 Roosevelt became Governor of New York He was elected President in November 1932 to the first of four terms By March there were 13000000 unemployed and almost every bank was closed In his first hundred days he proposed and Congress enacted a sweeping program to bring recovery to business and agriculture relief to the unemployed and to those in danger of losing farms and homes and reform especially through the establishment of the Tennessee Valley Authority By 1935 the Nation had achieved some measure of recovery but businessmen and bankers were turning more and more against Roosevelts New Deal program They feared his experiments were appalled because he had taken
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