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Disability Hero Franklin D Roosevelt served longer than any other president of the United States He held office from 1933 until his death in 1945 at the beginning of his fourth term During his presidency he led the United States through two great crises --the Great Depression of the 1930s and World War II Roosevelt was a man of unusual charm and great optimism which he was able to communicate to others He had a broad smile and an easygoing way of nodding agreement to whatever proposals were made to him But beneath his outward friendliness was an inner reserve and an iron will He became one of the most beloved as well as one of the most hated US presidents His admirers emphasized the way in which he met the nations problems They praised him for insisting that the federal government must help the underprivileged and that the United States must share in the responsibility for preserving world peace Roosevelts opponents denounced him for increasing the role of the government in the economic life of the country and claimed that he unnecessarily involved the United States in World War II Yet friend and foe alike agreed that Roosevelt made a vital impact upon his times and that his policies exerted great influence on the future Roosevelt was born on a comfortable estate overlooking the Hudson River at Hyde Park New York on January 30 1882 He had a pleasant sheltered childhood His father James Roosevelt was a well-to-do investor and vice president of a small railroad His mother Sara Delano Roosevelt came from a wealthy family of New England origin During his childhood Franklin was taught by a governess and was taken on frequent trips to Europe Once his father took him to the White House to see President Grover Cleveland Cleveland saddened and worn by the burdens of office said he hoped that young Franklin would never have the misfortune of becoming president
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