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1 FDR: The Rest of the Story Hillary Gibbs & Meg Hanson ESOC 7420 Spring 2011

2 Review 32 nd President of the United States Served a longer term in office than any other president (12 years) President during the Great Depression and World War II Married to Eleanor Roosevelt Suffered from Polio (more to come later!) Addressed the nation through Fireside Chats Created the New Deal

3 Lets Begin! Take out a sheet of paper During the video, listen for facts that you did not know before and write them down Roosevelt Rap

4 Now for the rest of the story…

5 His mother made him wear a dress everyday until he was around five years old.

6 FDR held many political titles prior to becoming President of the United States. Including: New York State Senator Assistant Secretary of the Navy Ran a failed campaign for Vice President Governor of New York

7 FDR had many hobbies; but, throughout his lifetime, his favorite one was collecting stamps.

8 FDR attended Harvard for college. It has been said that he maintained a Gentlemans C while in school. Also, he passed the New York State Bar Exam before ever finishing law school.

9 Franklin D. Roosevelt came from a long line of wealthy individuals and politicians. He was related by either blood or marriage to eleven other presidents: John Adams John Qunicy Adams Ulysses S. Grant William Henry Harrison Benjamin Harrison James Madison Theodor Roosevelt William Taft Zachary Taylor Martin Van Buren George Washington

10 Theodore Roosevelt, Eleanors uncle and the 26 th President of the United States, gave away Eleanor during her marriage ceremony to FDR. She and Franklin were 5 th cousins. FDRs mother opposed the marriage.

11 FDR and Eleanor had six children throughout their marriage. Anna James Franklin (died at 7 months) Elliot Franklin James

12 FDR enjoyed the company of women. Throughout his married life, he had a relationship with Eleanors social secretary, Lucy Page Mercer Rutherford. Eleanor knew about the romance, but the two did not want to ruin FDRs political career.

13 FDR was the first president whose mother, Sara Ann Delano Roosevelt, was allowed to vote for him during the election of 1932.

14 FRD was the first president to fly in an airplane. Also, he was the first president to have his own presidential aircraft.

15 Most Americans did not know that FDR had trouble walking. He had a gentlemans agreement with the members of the press - there are only 3 known pictures of FDR in his wheelchair.

16 Because of FDRs illness, he bought a compound in Warm Springs, Georgia. He swam in the mineral pools throughout the retreat grounds and felt as though they had healing powers.

17 FDR was the first president to speak to the nation on television. Pearl Harbor Speech

18 He addressed the nation through Fireside Chats to attend to their fears and concerns during the challenging times throughout his presidency.

19 Activity Time 1. Think about a problem the United States is facing today. Write your own fireside chat to FDR addressing your concerns and ask him what advice he has for our current president. 2. Think about a problem FDR faced during his lifetime or presidency that we have learned about during this activity or previously. Write a fireside chat letter to FDR addressing your concerns. 3. Draw a picture or cartoon to either FDR or President Obama to provoke his thoughts for preparing a fireside chat with the nation concerning issues we have learned about in this activity. - Choose One of the Below Options -

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21 Lastly, FDR is one of eight presidents to die while in office. He died of cerebral hemorrhage at his retreat in Warm Springs, Georgia while having his portrait painted. Lucy, his mistress, was with him the day he died.

22 Resources Butche, Robert. (2008). Responsible Adults, Speaking Clearly. Newsroom Magazine. Retrieved from clearly/. Eleanor Roosevelts coming out portrait taken in New York, New York Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved from Franklin Delano Roosevelt – Pearl Harbor Address. YouTube. Retrieved from Franklin D. Roosevelt at 16 months old sitting upon his father James Roosevelts shoulder in Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved from Franklin D. Roosevelt seated next to a pool in Warm Springs, Georgia Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved from Governor Roosevelt swimming at Warm Springs, Georgia Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved from LeDandy. (2009). Roosevelt Cigarette-Holder. Retrieved from President Roosevelt in his wheelchair aboard the Nourmahal. Credit to Robert Cross-Sailor in the White House Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved from

23 Resources (cont.) President Roosevelt in his wheelchair with Fala and Ruthie Bie at Top Cottage in Hyde Park, New York Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved from Smith, J.E. (2007). An Elegant (and Mythic) Portrait of FDR. The New York Observer. Retrieved from Syracuse.com. (2008). Roosevelt Talk on Unstable Economy Oddly Prescient. Retrieved from The Lathrop Brown Interviews: Part IV – FDR Suite Restoration Adams House. (2009). Retrieved from The Future of Collecting Stamps. Retrieved from Warm Springs, Georgia; Roosevelt, Franklin D. Photograph. (2011). Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved from House-residence-of-US-President-Franklin-D. Young Franklin D. Roosevelt with his mother Sara Delano Roosevelt Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved from


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