Franklin Delano Roosevelt

(1882-1945 / Hyde Park, New York)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), also known by his initials, FDR, was the 32nd President of the United States (1933–1945) and a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic depression and total war. A Democrat and the only American president elected to more than two terms, he facilitated a durable coalition that realigned American politics for decades. With the bouncy popular song "Happy Days Are Here Again" as his campaign theme, FDR defeated incumbent Republican Herbert Hoover in November 1932, at the depth of the Great Depression. Energized by his personal victory over ... more »

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  • ''We have the men—the skill—the wealth—and above all, the will.... We must be the great arsenal of democracy.''
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. Democratic politician, president. speech, Dec. 29, 1940, Washington, D.C.. "Fireside Chat," The Penguin Book o...
  • ''We are trying to construct a more inclusive society.... We are going to make a country in which no one is left out.''
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. From a speech Secretary Perkins helped write. Frances Perkins, The Roosevelt I Knew, p. 113, Harper...
  • ''I am a Christian and a Democrat—that's all.''
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. Frances Perkins, The Roosevelt I Knew, p. 330, Harper Colophon Books, n.d.. FDR's response to a...
  • ''I ... believe that in every country the people themselves are more peaceably and liberally inclined than their governments.''
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. Letter, April 14, 1933, to Arthur Murray, President's Personal File, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library,...
  • ''I fear ... that both dictators [Hitler and Mussolini] think their present methods are succeeding because of the gains they have made in Albania, Hungary and Yugoslavia.''
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. Letter, June 7, 1939, to U.S. Ambassador to Italy, William Phillips. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Fore...
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