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Franklin Delano Roosevelt

32nd President of the United States
(March 4, 1933 to April 12, 1945)

Nickname: "FDR"

Born: January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York
Died: April 12, 1945, in Warm Springs, Georgia

Father: James Roosevelt
Mother: Sara Delano Roosevelt
Married: Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), on March 17, 1905
Children: Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1906-75); James Roosevelt (1907-91); Elliott Roosevelt (1910-90); Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. (1914-88); John Aspinwall Roosevelt (1916-81)

Religion: Episcopalian
Education: Graduated from Harvard College (1903); Attended Columbia Law School
Occupation: Public official, lawyer
Political Party: Democrat
Other Government Positions:

  • Member of New York State Legislature, 1911-13

  • Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 1913-20

  • Governor of New York, 1929-33

Presidential Salary: $75,000/year

Presidential Election Results:



Popular Votes

Electoral Votes


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tiny U.S. flag Herbert C. Hoover




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Alfred M. Landon




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Wendell L. Willkie




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Thomas E. Dewey



Vice President: John N. Garner (1933-41); Henry A. Wallace (1941-45); tiny U.S. flag Harry S. Truman (1945)


Secretary of State

Cordell Hull (1933-44)

Edward R. Stettinius, Jr. (1944-45)

Secretary of the Treasury

William H. Woodin (1933-34)

Henry Morgenthau, Jr. (1934-45)

Secretary of War

George H. Dern (1933-36)

Harry H. Woodring (1937-40)

Henry L. Stimson (1940-45)

Attorney General

Homer S. Cummings (1933-39)

Frank Murphy (1939-40)

Robert H. Jackson (1940-41)

Francis B. Biddle (1941-45)

Postmaster General

James A. Farley (1933-40)

Frank C. Walker (1940-45)

Secretary of the Navy

Claude A. Swanson (1933-39)

Charles Edison (1940)

Frank Knox (1940-44)

James V. Forrestal (1944-45)

Secretary of the Interior

Harold L. Ickes (1933-45)

Secretary of Agriculture

Henry A. Wallace (1933-40)

Claude R. Wickard (1940-45)

Secretary of Commerce

Daniel C. Roper (1933-38)

Harry L. Hopkins (1939-40)

Jesse H. Jones (1940-45)

Henry A. Wallace (1945)

Secretary of Labor

Frances Perkins (1933-1945)

Notable Events:

  • 1939-1945

    • World War II

Internet Biographies:

Franklin D. Roosevelt -- from The Presidents of the United States of America

Compiled by the White House.

Franklin D. Roosevelt -- from Table of Presidents and Vice Presidents of the United States - MSN Encarta

Grolier Online has created this resource from its collection of print articles in Encyclopedia Americana. Contains a full biography, written by James T. Patterson of Brown University and author of Congressional Conservatism and the New Deal and The New Deal and the States, along with suggestions for further reading.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt -- from The American President

From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.

Franklin D. Roosevelt -- from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum

A biography written by the staff of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library.

Franklin D. Roosevelt -- from Character Above All

From a PBS broadcast by the same name, this essay excerpt by Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses some of the issues and events that molded Roosevelt.

Historical Documents:

First Inaugural Address (1933)
Second Inaugural Address (1937)
Third Inaugural Address (1941)
Fourth Inaugural Address (1945)
Fireside Chats (1933-44)
Four Freedom's Speech (1941)
Atlantic Charter (1941)
Declaration of War on Japan (1941)
Declaration of War on Germany (1941)
Statement on North African Policy (1942)
Yalta Conference Agreements (1945)

Media Resources:

From his 1941 inaugural address where he speaks of an enduring democracy: "Put away many evil things..." (1:10)

RealAudio | MP3 (552K)

From the Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University under the leadership of Dr. Maurice Crane.

"Americanism" from the 1920 election campaign

From the Library of Congress Voices of the Presidential Election of 1920.

Audio & Video
The American Presidency Projects's Presidential Audio/Video Archive for Franklin D. Roosevelt site

Other Internet Resources:

FDR Cartoons

"This site contains political cartoons from the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt. This preservation project is a cooperative venture of the AP Computer Math class and the AP United States History classes at Niskayuna High School."

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum

Tourist information along with history, genealogy, and documents of the former president. Located in Hyde Park, New York.

Frankilin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Located in Washington, D.C., This site had tourist information, insight into the design of the memorial, and the text of the inscriptions throughout the memorial.

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site

Tourist information on Roosevelt's Hyde Park, New York birthplace and boyhood home. Includes information about FDR and links to other Roosevelt tourist spots.

Roosevelt Campobello International Park

Located in New Brunswick, Canada, this international park is maintained equally by the U.S. and Canada. Roosevelt vacationed here often, fishing, hiking and sailing. Visitor information is available.

USS Potomac - The Presidential Yacht Potomac

Tourist information on FDR's "Floating White House," which is now located in Oakland, California.




Franklin Delano Roosevelt

32nd President of the United States
(March 4, 1933 to April 12, 1945)


Eleanor Roosevelt