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Genealogical Chart Franklin Delano Roosevelt 32nd President of The United States

Our great-grandmother9 Maria Vigne (1613-1689) was also the great-grandmother7 of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He Assumed the Presidency at the depth of the Great Depression. "Franklin D. Roosevelt helped the American people regain faith in themselves. He brought hope as he promised prompt, vigorous action, and asserted in his Inaugural Address, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

Following the example of his fifth cousin, President Theodore Roosevelt, whom he greatly admired, Franklin D. Roosevelt entered public service through politics, but as a Democrat. He won election to the New York Senate in 1910. President Wilson appointed him Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and he was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 1920.

In the summer of 1921, when he was 39, disaster hit-he was stricken with poliomyelitis. Demonstrating indomitable courage, he fought to regain the use of his legs, particularly through swimming. At the 1924 Democratic Convention he dramatically appeared on crutches to nominate Alfred E. Smith as "the Happy Warrior." In 1928 Roosevelt became Governor of New York. He was elected President in November 1932, to the first of four terms." www.whitehouse.gov.


F.D,R, Quotes


First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - F.D.R. (First Inaugural Address 4 Mar. 1933)

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed: it must be achieved. - F.D.R. (Speech 22 Sept 1936)

Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth. - F.D.R. (Radio Address 26, Oct. 1939)

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward. - F.D.R. (Radio Address 26 Oct. 1939

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. - F.D.R. (Pan America Day Address 15, Apr. 1939)

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. - F.D.R. (Message for Jefferson Day 13 Apr. 1945)



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