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Born into a wealthy family, Franklin Roosevelt entered politics because he believed it offered great opportunity for public service. Before he was elected President, he served in the New York State Senate, as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and as Governor of New York. Although he was crippled by polio at the age of 39, he refused to give up his career of public service. A little more than 11 years after being stricken, he was elected President of the United States.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Chronology of His Life and Career

Hyde Park 1882, January 30 Born in Hyde Park, New York
  1896-1900 Attended the Groton School
  1903 Graduated from Harvard University
  1904 Entered Columbia University Law School
Eleanor Roosevelt 1905, March 17 Married Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
  1907 Passed the New York bar examination
  1910 Elected to the New York State Senate
  1913 Appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy
  1914 Made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate
  1920 Made an unsuccessful bid for Vice-President of the United States
  1921 Stricken with polio
Warm Springs 1927 Established the Warm Springs Foundation
  1928 Elected Governor of New York
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1932 Elected President of the United States
  1945, April 12 Died in Warm Springs, Georgia

Official Websites

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Historic Site

See Also

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

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