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ROOSEVELT, Franklin Delano [1882-1945] -- American politician, 32 POTUS

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Led the nation through the Great Depression and World War II. Fifth cousin of President Theodore Roosevelt, he was himself 32nd President of the United States (1933-1945). He secured passage of legislation establishing numerous programs to combat the economic problems of the Great Depression. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, 7 Dec 1941, he declared war on the Empire of Japan in his famous "Day of Infamy" speech. He died in office of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was born, made his home, and is buried here in Hyde Park, Dutchess County, NY.  -30-
 

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1931
Nation's first state relief agency (as NY governor)
1933
Installed first woman cabinet member (Francis Perkins, Labor)
1933-1945
First POTUS to make regular use of radio (for his "fireside chats")
1937
First POTUS taking office on date specified by 20th amendment to the constitution
1940
First POTUS to break with tradition and run for a 3rd term
1940
Signed bill authorizing first U.S. peacetime program of military training

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  • Spouse & 5C: ROOSEVELT, (Anna) Eleanor [1884-1962] American author, diplomat and humanitarian, FLOTUS
  • 4C1: ROOSEVELT, Theodore [1858-1919] American politician, 26 POTUS, reformer, soldier, author

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