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Possibly one of the most astute and admired women of the United States history is Eleanor Roosevelt Her biography Eleanor Roosevelt A Personal and Public Life is and excellent voyage into the life of a public servant a loving wife and a legacy Before reading this book I knew little of Eleanors accomplishments her lifestyle or the joy she received from helping those in need The book is an in-depth look into the life of one of Americas most influential women and definitely an honor to Mrs Eleanor RooseveltEleanors life didnt begin the way one would expect it to have being someone of her stature She was born on October 11 1884 in New York City the daughter of Elliot Roosevelt and Mrs Anna Hall Roosevelt Her father was an alcoholic throughout her adolescent years and was sent away to a mental asylum to recess from alcohol and return to a better life During the time Elliot was away Anna became sick and eventually died of Diphtheria A few years later Elliot unable to separate from his ways died due to alcoholism After her parents deaths Eleanor was raised by her Grandmother and sent off to Allenswood School in England A few years later Eleanor leaves Allenswood and begins her life in the publics eye In 1903 Eleanor becomes engaged to Franklin Roosevelt who was her fifth cousin once removed Two years later Eleanor and Franklin are united together Four years into their marriage having already given birth to two children Eleanors third child dies soon after birth due to influenza This marks a turning point in Eleanors life which is one of the main reasons she is such a respected woman today her life of helping others that were less fortunate than herself and her husband The family continued on with their lives and Eleanor gave birth to her fourth fifth and sixth child Some seventeen years later her husband Franklin who was not
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