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Franklin Delano Roosevelt * 1933-1945, page 1

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945), page 1
Thirty-Second President
Term of Office: 1933-1945

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a Democrat, was victorious in four presidential campaigns, including 1932, 1936, 1940, and 1944.

His vice-presidential running mate in 1932 and 1936 was John N. Garner (1868-1967). In 1932 they defeated Herbert Hoover, a Republican, and the Socialist, Norman Thomas. In 1936 they again defeated Norman Thomas, as well as the Republican candidate, Alfred M. Landon (1887-1987)

Henry A. Wallace (1888-1965) was Roosevelt's running mate in the 1940 campaign and they defeated Wendell L. Willkie (1892-1944), the Republican candidate, and once again, Norman Thomas of the Socialist Party.

The 1944 presidential campaign saw Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) as the vice-presidential running mate. Roosevelt and Truman defeated Thomas E. Dewey (1902-1971) from the Republican Party and, once again, Norman Thomas of the Socialist Party.

F.D.R. was the fifth cousin of Theodore Roosevelt. Diagnosed with polio in 1921, Franklin would struggle with this affliction for the remainder of his life, often appearing on crutches or in a wheelchair.

Franklin Roosevelt was elected Governor of New York in 1928, and re-elected to that position in 1930. He was elected to the Presidency in 1932 and in the midst of the country's great depression. During his presidency there was enacted a series of agricultural and business relief and work programs which were focused upon bringing economic recovery to the nation. These programs and policies were collectively known as the "New Deal." It was during this era, in 1935, Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. It was also during his administration that the 21st Amendment was ratified in 1933, thus repealing Prohibition (18th Amendment which was ratified in 1919 and prohibited the manufacture, transportation, and sale of intoxicating liquors.)

Upon the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Roosevelt led the nation into World War II. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1945, just two weeks before Germany surrendered. He is the only President to have been elected four times.


Al Feldstein

Al Feldstein

Collection Location:
LaVale, Maryland

Campaign paraphernalia, United States, History; Presidents, United States, Election, History.

United States, 1896-2008

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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