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Franklin Delano Roosevelt is among the most remembered US Presidents Serving as President for more than twelve years he was the only President to be elected four times Roosevelt led the United States through its worst depression and its worst war He tried his best to stay optimistic with our country and the decisions he made In Roosevelts first inaugural address he asked for faith in Americas future He told the country The only thing we have to fear is fear itself Burns 1970 p 238 That is the lesson that he taught our country to live by Franklin was born on January 30 1882 in Hyde Park New York He was the only child of James and Sara Roosevelt Born into a very wealthy family he grew up on his fathers estate called Springwood Being an only child his parents adored him but brought him up with a loving firmness His father taught him that being wealthy also brought with it the responsibility of helping people who were not so lucky Johnson 1967 p 38 Franklin D Roosevelt was always a very smart and educated young man Growing up Franklins parents took him on many trips to Europe where he studied and learned how to speak many different languages He graduated from Harvard University in 1903 and then went on to get a degree from Columbia University Law School But he never seemed to show an interest with doing legal work In 1905 he married his distant cousin Eleanor Roosevelt whom he had been courting for some years before that Franklin and Eleanor had six children together Franklin took much pride and companionship in them It wasnt until this time that Franklin decided to get involved with politics In 1910 Roosevelt accepted an invitation from state Democratic leaders to run for the New York Senate This was going to be a difficult task for Franklin because Republicans had controlled his district for over fifty
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