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Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who lived from 1882 to 1945, was the 32nd President of United States (Electric Library). Roosevelt became the president in March 1933 at the depth of the Great Depression, was re-elected for an unprecedented three more terms, and died in office in April 1945. He died less than a month before the surrender of Germany in World War II (Electric Library). Despite an attack of poliomyelitis, which paralyzed his legs in 1921, he was a charismatic optimist whose confidence helped sustain the American people during the strain if economic crisis and World War (Britannica, Vol. 26, Page 998). The legendary president was born on Jan 30, 1882, at the family estate in ...view middle of the document...

He showed great skills by making himself agreeable to votes and having willingness to listen to the advice of political veterans. Perhaps his greatest asset in the campaign was the Republican Party, which was badly split in 1910. For all the reasons, Roosevelt won impressively in the usually Republican district. Roosevelt made an immediate impact in the legislative session of 1911. His motives were idealistic. Reflecting TR's faith in progressivism and in honest government, he distrusted the "bossism" of Tammany Hall; which was New York City's powerful political machine. In 1912, Roosevelt defied Tammany again, this time by supporting Gov. Woodrow Wilson for the Democratic presidential nomination (This paragraph is citied mainly from The White House Webpage). Later on, he was re-elected to the state senate. Josephus Daniels, Wilson's Secretary of Navy, had offered the successful young legislator a position as Assistant Secretary of Navy. As Assistant Secretary during 1913 to 1920, Franklin Roosevelt maintained support of many people who also honored TR. During this period, Roosevelt learned the wisdom of political compromise (Life; 1942). The qualities of vitality and charm made him a popular choice for the Democratic vice-presidential nomination in 1920. Running with James M. Cox, they are defeated decisively by the Republican candidates, Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge, in November. With the Republicans ahead in the game, Roosevelt had little choice but to return to his private life (Top ½ of paragraph from Britannica Vol. 26, Page 998). He formed a law firm in New York City and became Vice President of Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland. His primary interests remained in the political field.In 1928, Roosevelt helped Alfred Smith to obtain the presidential nomination (White House Webpage). In the mean time, Smith urgently needed a strong "gubernatorial" candidate for the democratic ticket in New York, therefore, pressuring Roosevelt into running. Roosevelt had successfully bridged the urban-rural gap in the Democratic Party and had beaten his opponent for office (EXEGY). In 1931, when the Depression was at its peak, Roosevelt became the first Governor to set up an effective state relief administration. He was re-elected in 1930 with 750,000 votes, the largest margin in state history. While Roosevelt was governor of New York, the Great Depression tightened its grip on the country. Roosevelt has developed lots of new idea that led him to the presidential nomination. Most party leader applauded the Roosevelt-Garner ticket, which closed the heretofore-fatal gulf between the urban-Eastern and rural-Southern-western wings of the party (Paragraph from Britannica Vol. 26, Page 999).During the Fall Campaign against President Hoover, Roosevelt suggested a few parts for The New Deal. He supported spending for relief and public works. He favored some plan, but he was indefinite to curb the agricultural overproduction...

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