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Franklin Delano Roosevelt who lived from 1882 to 1945 was the 32nd President of United States Electric Library Roosevelt became the president in March 1933 at the depth of the Great Depression was re-elected for an unprecedented three more terms and died in office in April 1945 He died less than a month before the surrender of Germany in World War II Electric Library Despite an attack of poliomyelitis which paralyzed his legs in 1921 he was a charismatic optimist whose confidence helped sustain the American people during the strain if economic crisis and World War Britannica Vol 26 Page 998 The legendary president was born on Jan 30 1882 at the family estate in Hyde Park White House Webpage Young Franklin had a secure and idyllic childhood Franklins most lasting educational experience was at Groton School in Massachusetts Electric Library At Groton Franklin revealed that he could adapt himself readily to different circumstances Even when he went to Harvard the experience was only relatively impressive White House Webpage While at Harvard Franklin fell in love with Anna Eleanor Roosevelt his fifth cousin once removed White House Webpage Eleanor and Franklin move easily among the upper classes in New York and Campobello Eleanor however was often unhappy because during much of her married life she had to live near Franklins widowed and domineering mother During World War I she was staggered to discover that Franklin was having an affair with her social secretary a pretty young lady name Lucy Mercer Despite these tensions Eleanor remained a helpful mate throughout the 40 years of her marriage to Franklin Britannica Vol 26 Page 998 The Democratic Organization in such a duchess country needed a candidate for the New York Senate in 1910 White House Webpage Party leader recognized that although Roosevelt had no political experience he had assets as candidate such as the wealth to finance the campaign the best known political name in the United States
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