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President Franklin D. Roosevelt


President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, our 32nd President, was born into a life of privilege. He grew up under the watchful eye of James and Sara Delano Roosevelt, spending his summers on Campobello and accompanying his parents on several tours of Europe. An only child, he was schooled for the most part by governesses and private tutors. At the age of 14, he entered the exclusive prep school, Groton, which is located in Massachusetts.

After Groton, he attended Harvard and Columbia University, where he received his law degree. Even though Roosevelt was admitted to the bar in 1907, he was not interested in practicing law. His passion became politics.

His ascent up the political ladder was rapid. He was elected to the state senate in 1910, then became Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President Wilson. By 1921, however, it seemed as though his political career was over. In contacting polio, he lost use of both of his legs and would never walk again without the use of braces, canes, or other assistance.

In spite of his disability, however, FDR remained active in politics, becoming Governor of New York in 1928. His success in that post led the way to his nomination as the Democratic Presidential candidate in 1932. Because of his triumphs in helping to lead the U. S. out of the Great Depression and to victory in World War II, many consider him to be our country's greatest President.