Franklin D. Roosevelt's Wax Figure at Madame Tussauds Washington D.C.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt

Meet the only U.S. President to have served more than 2 terms in office

To this day, Roosevelt is one of the most highly regarded Presidents in US history. With a motto such as “There is nothing to fear, but fear itself,” he led the nation through the Great Depression and World War II. At the age of 39, Roosevelt was stricken with polio. His iron determination played a major role as he struggled to recover, but he never regained the use of his legs. Roosevelt frequently resorted to using a wheelchair, but largely managed to hide the fact, with the media's help, throughout his career.

His idea of a peacekeeping organization to manage world peace after World War II led to the creation of the United Nations.

  • January 30, 1882: Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born
  • 1910: Elected to seat in the New York State Senate
  • 1928: Elected Governor of New York
  • 1930: Roosevelt created the New Deal to provide relief for the unemployed, recovery of the economy, and reform of the economic and banking systems.
  • 1932: Elected to first term as President of the United States
  • 1937: Elected to second term as President of the United States
  • 1941: Elected to third term as President of the United States

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