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Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly by his initials FDR, was the 32nd President of the United States. He was the only president to more than two terms, serving from 1933 to 1945. He was born in 1882 into one of the families in New York State. He had a privileged upbringing and Harvard University and Columbia Law School. On St. Patrick's Day, 1905, he Eleanor Roosevelt.

Following the of his cousin, Roosevelt entered public through politics. He won election to the New York Senate in 1910. President Wilson appointed him Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and he was the Democratic for Vice President in 1920, at the tender age of 34. The Democrats lost the . In 1921, he was diagnosed as having polio and was paralyzed from the waist .

Roosevelt was President in November 1932, to the first of four . By March there were 13,000,000 unemployed, and almost every bank was . In his first "hundred days," he proposed a sweeping called the “New Deal” to bring recovery to business and agriculture, relief to the unemployed and to those in of losing farms and homes.

By 1935 the nation’s was recovering and in 1936 FDR was re-elected by a huge margin. He tried to the U.S. out of WWII, but when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, America the war. As WWII drew to a close, Roosevelt's deteriorated, and on April 12, 1945, he died of a cerebral hemorrhage. He is often as one of the top three U.S. Presidents.

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