The early life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. His overprotective mother, school life and his aspiring political career.

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A brief introduction to America's longest serving president.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States of America, was born in Hyde Park, New York on January 30th 1882. He was born into the family's estate to James Roosevelt and Sara Delano Roosevelt. His father was a semi successful business man, and his mother had sizable trading investments in China.

Franklin was born into a sheltered but pleasant and gregarious home. He was taught at first by a governess and then we went to the exclusive Groton School. His life revolved around trips to Europe, swimming, boating, as well as stamp and bird collecting. The Roosevelt family also enjoyed time at Campobello Island in New Brunswick. He usually kept thoughts to himself; this was done to throw off his very domineering mother.

After graduating from Groton, he was accepted to Harvard University. He was an average student, but was an excellent partier.

He finished in 1904 with a B.A. but returned the following year to be editor of the Harvard student newspaper. While at Harvard, he joined the Republican Club to show support for his cousin Theodore Roosevelt. Later he became Democratic and probably never voted for a Republican again. In 1904, he moved to New York City so he could study law at Columbia University. He did not graduate because he was offered a job on Wall Street in his third year.

While still at Columbia, he fell in love with his distant cousin, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt. They married despite Franklin's mother's disapproval. On March 17, 1905, he married her in Theodore Roosevelt's presence. They had six children, but only five survived. The only problem that this couple faced was that his mother was very possessive of her son.