January 30, 1882 - April 12, 1945
Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only child of James Roosevelt and Sara Ann Delano Roosevelt. This also meant he was born into a wealthy family because the Roosevelts had made their fortune from real estate and trade.
Whilst he was growing up Franklin D. Roosevelt by a sense of self-importance and privilege. His education was taught by tutors and governesses until he turned 14 years old. The entire household revolved around him and his mother was the dominant figure in his life, even through his years as an adult.
But by 1896, Franklin D. Roosevelt he started attending Groton School for Boys, a famous sacred preparatory school in Massachusetts. While his classmates fitted in and excelled in the school, Franklin did not. Especially the athletics part of the program. Though he tried his best to please the teachers and took the teachings very seriously. He was also trying to follow in the footsteps of his idol, Theodore Roosevelt.
Then 4 years later, he finally graduated in 1900 and moved onto Harvard University. Determined to make something of himself yet he mainly got "C's", but he also became a member of the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity, an editor for the Harvard Crimson newspaper. Roosevelt then received his degrees within only three years.
In his final year of Harvard he met Eleanor Roosevelt, his 5th cousin and Theodore Roosevelt's niece, and they quickly became engaged. By March 17, 1905.
And so, Franklin D. Roosevelt ran as a Democrat. But he ran in an area that had been voting for the past 32 years for a Republican government. Though with some hard campaigning and the help of his name Roosevelt, he was able to win the Democratic seat by a landslide.
As a the newly appointed State Senator of New York, Franklin soon started opposing the political workings of the Democratic in New York. By opposing he also won himself the rage of some of the party leaders but it also gained him the national notoriety and valuable experience that he would need in political tactics and intrigue very soon.
Before long, Franklin D. Roosevelt has begun to form an alliance with Louis Howe, a character who could/would be shaping his political career in the next 2 and a half decades.
Between 1912-1914, Roosevelt had accomplished and did many things. Some which was him being reelected as the State Senate of New York, serving as Chair of the Agricultural Committee, passing Labor/Farm Bills, and preforming Social Welfare programs. Others being that Franklin had supported a Presidential Candidate named Woodrow Wilson. He was rewarded for his support by being appointment as an Assistant Secretary of the Navy, which as it turned out that had been the same job his role model, Theodore Roosevelt, had occupied and used to get himself into the Presidential business.
Franklin D. Roosevelt was described as an energetic and efficient administrator by his peers and followers. He excelled and specialized in working with Congress to get budgets approved & systems modernized, and business operations. Franklin also founded the U.S. Naval Reserve. But he eventually became restless because he was in the position of "second chair" to his boss, Josephus Daniels, the Secretary of the Navy, and whom was less than enthusiastic about supporting such a large and efficient Naval Force.
So in order to change this, Franklin D. Roosevelt decided it was time to step up his importance to the government. He decided to run for the U.S. Senate seat for New York. The idea was doomed plan from the beginning. This was because he lacked the White House support that he needed. Though President Wilson needed some Democratic Political energy he needed for his social reforms could be passed and the insurance that would grant him another thing he wanted: his 100% chance at reelection. But he couldn't support Franklin because he had made too many political enemies among the Democrats of New York. And knowing this, Roosevelt gave up in the primary election and learned a valuable lesson: That a well-organized local political organization couldn't be defeated by national stature
Still in politics but changing tactics, Franklin D. Roosevelt was soon finding his personal success in life as well as a professional success in the world. His new tactic led him to try at Washington Politics and not like before he ended up thriving on personal relationships. At the most important parties he was mainly seen and the women considered him to be a very attractively, handsome man. Later within the year of 1914, he soon began developing a relationship with Lucy Mercer, his wife Eleanor Roosevelt's Social Secretary. And just as soon that became a "friendship" very well evolved into something more, a love affair. This new relationship Franklin had created with Lucy lasted for awhile, until 1918, when Eleanor Roosevelt discovered it one day.
Eleanor gave him the ultimate choice; either he stopped seeing her Social Secretary or she would file for a divorce. Franklin agreed to stop seeing Lucy. But unbeknownst to Eleanor, Franklin D. Roosevelt secretly kept seeing Ms. Mercer over the years.
Over the next 2 years, Franklin's political career continued to thrive even after he started keeping a secret safely away from his wife. And with the success of thriving political career he was soon accepting a nomination for a position as Vice President at the 1920 Democrat Convention. But he wasn't the only one being nominated. Franklin also had a running mate, James M. Cox.
While unknown to them before it was too late they were both beaten to the position by Warren G. Harding, a Republican, in the initial election.Though this meant Franklin D. Roosevelt wouldn't get the position he wanted it did mean that he gained the experience that gave him some national exposure.
Deciding it was time to take a break from politics Franklin decided to vacation at Campbell Island near New Brunswick, Canada. But whilst he was there, he soon contracted Polio and it was later confirmed by a diagnosis from a doctor there at the time.
Though at first Franklin D. Roosevelt had endlessly refused to accept the that he was permanently paralyzed for the rest of his days. Just to prove himself right Franklin tried a great numerous amounts of different kinds of therapies. He even bought Georgia's Warm Springs Resort seeking his nonexistent cure. Although, despite his best efforts, Franklin D. Roosevelt could never be able to regain the use of his legs. Franklin later established a foundation that would help others at Warm Springs Resort, Georgie. He also instituted a program called The March of Dimes and it was eventually funded as a place to research for an effective Polio vaccine.