Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) was the 32nd President of the United States. He served in this capacity for twelve years. Roosevelt is remembered as a great political and social mind and faced some of the nation's most challenging issues.
President Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, New York in 1882. FDR went to Harvard and to Columbia for law school and married Elanor Roosevelt when he was 23. His long political career began when he became a member of the New York Senate in 1910. Eleven years later, FDR fell ill with poliomyelitis. As a result of the illness, the future president lost much of the use of his legs. Roosevelt took part in physical therapy, primarily swimming, and advocated to improve treatments for others afflicted with paralysis.
In 1933, Roosevelt became president during the Great Depression. He promised a "New Deal" for America. Shortly after the start of FDR's third term as president, a Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor catapulted the country into the Second World War. Over the next few years, FDR attended conferences all over the world. Roosevelt orchestrated major changes in industry, work force, society, and economy in the United States.
President Roosevelt died in the spring of 1945 in one of his favorite places, Warm Springs, Georgia. He had just begun his forth term as president.