Franklin Delano Roosevelt , Sr. 1
- Born: 30 Jan 1882
- Marriage (1): Eleanor Roosevelt on 17 Mar 1905
- Died: 12 Apr 1945 at age 63
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (pronounced Rose-velt) (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), 32nd President of the United States, the longest-serving holder of the office, was one of the central figures of 20th century history. He is best known for leading the U.S. through the Great Depression using his New Deal, building a powerful Democratic party coalition that dominated American politics for three decades, and leading the military alliance that defeated Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and the Empire of Japan in World War II. A child of economic and social privilege, he overcame crippling illness to place himself at the head of the forces of reform. Universally called FDR, scholars left, right and center rank him among the three greatest presidents.
Franklin married Eleanor Roosevelt, daughter of Elliott Roosevelt and Anna Eleanor Hall, on 17 Mar 1905. (Eleanor Roosevelt was born on 11 Oct 1884 and died on 7 Nov 1962.)