• Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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    Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
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    • 1937
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    • Holloway, J. T
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    • View of President Franklin Roosevelt sitting beside a fire, probably at the Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States, and served from 1933 until his death in 1945. He was Gover... more
      View of President Franklin Roosevelt sitting beside a fire, probably at the Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States, and served from 1933 until his death in 1945. He was Governor of New York, prior to being elected president. Roosevelt was a frequent visitor to Warm Springs, Georgia after he contacted polio. He utilized the pools at the resort town to heal his legs. Roosevelt visited Georgia over forty-one times between 1924 and 1945, and consequently endeared himself to many of the state's residents. Local identification number: VIS 77.69.07. Local identification number: ahc077069007a.jpg. Gay Bolling Shepperson Photographs, Atlanta History Center. less
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  • Democratic Party presidential candidate Franklin Delano Roosevelt in motorcade, Atlanta, Georgia, October 23-24, 1932.

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    Democratic Party presidential candidate Franklin Delano Roosevelt in motorcade, Atlanta, Georgia, October 23-24, 1932.
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    • 1932-10-23
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    • Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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    • Newspaper caption attached to print verso:"FDR Here In 1932 With Son Elliott, Front Center: Richard Russell, Left Rear, Mayor James Key, Left Front." Photo stamped on verso: July 26 1984 and July 7 1988. Print may not be from 1932. Local identificati... more
      Newspaper caption attached to print verso:"FDR Here In 1932 With Son Elliott, Front Center: Richard Russell, Left Rear, Mayor James Key, Left Front." Photo stamped on verso: July 26 1984 and July 7 1988. Print may not be from 1932. Local identification number: AJCP553-019a. Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photographic Archive, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. less
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Franklin Roosevelt was born in privilege and wealth on a family estate at Hyde Park, New York. His comfortable upbringing meant that he did not relate directly to the struggles of the underclasses. His father oversaw mining and transportation interests. Roosevelt entered politics early, taking on the Tammany Democrats in New York and ultimately putting a dent in this powerful political machine.

Not always successful in politics, Roosevelt partnered with Louis Howe to save his career. A New York journalist, Howe would play an important role in rebuilding Roosevelt's political career that would ultimately send him to the oval office. Roosevelt's ability to campaign was limited by an early bout with polio that would dog his health throughout his life. So, Howe and Roosevelt focused on getting the word out through print to his mostly rural constituency. Newspaper advertisements highlighted "FDR's support of better prices for farm products, a rollback in license fees for fishermen, and the standardization of apple barrel sizes, which would prevent apple growers from being cheated by buyers."

Howe also helped Roosevelt's brilliant but introverted wife, Eleanor, morph into an effective politician in her own right. Her  "transformation [would later keep] her husband's career alive while FDR struggled with polio."

"FDR: The Early Years," American Experience. Public Broadcasting System. www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/dustbowl-great-depression/