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Franklin D Roosevelt A Biography Franklin D Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park New York on January 30 1882 the son of James Roosevelt and Sara Delano Roosevelt His parents and private tutors provided him with almost all his formative education President Roosevelts boyhood home is a popular related attraction at the Hyde Park historic site The house on a 188-acre estate contains an office which the President referred to as his Summer White House From this room he broadcast the last speech of his fourth campaign for the Presidency on November 6 1944 Famous guests at the house included King George VI of Great Britain and Prime Minister Winston S Churchill The house contains abundant memorabilia from all periods of the Presidents life As his wife Eleanor remarked He always felt that this was his home and he loved the house and the view the woods special trees He attended Groton 1896-1900 a prestigious preparatory school in Massachusetts and received a BA degree in history from Harvard in only three years 1900-03 Roosevelt next studied law at New Yorks Columbia University When he passed the bar examination in 1907 he left school without taking a degree For the next three years he practiced law with a prominent New York City law firm He entered politics in 1910 and was elected to the New York State Senate as a Democrat from his traditionally Republican home district In the meantime in 1905 he had married a distant cousin Anna Eleanor Roosevelt who was the niece of President Theodore Roosevelt The couple had six children five of whom survived infancy Anna 1906 James 1907 Elliott 1910 Franklin Jr 1914 and John 1916 Roosevelt was reelected to the State Senate in 1912 and supported Woodrow Wilsons candidacy at the Democratic National Convention As a reward for his support Wilson appointed him Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1913 a position he held until 1920
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