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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 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 He was an energetic and efficient administrator specializing in the business side of naval administration This experience prepared him for his future role as Commander-in-Chief during World War II Roosevelts popularity and success in naval affairs resulted in his being nominated for vice-president by the Democratic Party in 1920 on a ticket headed by James M Cox of Ohio However popular sentiment against Wilsons plan for US participation in the League of Nations propelled Republican Warren Harding into the presidency and Roosevelt returned to private life While vacationing at Campobello Island New Brunswick in the summer of 1921 Roosevelt contracted poliomyelitis infantile paralysis Despite courageous efforts to overcome his crippling illness he never regained
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