Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Throughout Frederick Delano Roosevelt's prestigious career as president, he made huge contributions to the United States socially and economically through many trials and tribulations in both his political and personal life. Early on in his presidency he was forced to deal with a massive depression and later on, a World War, all while battling Polio. Roosevelt stepped up where most men would have folded in the time of depression, as Roosevelt through a number of Administrations, was able to put the United States economy back on track. The American people adored Roosevelt, as they elected him four times, placing the trust Roosevelt needed to fight congress on the issue of involvement in the World War overseas. His perseverance during and even before his time as president, proved him to be one of the most influential men in American history.

Even in Roosevelt's early life, he always fought hard for what he wanted or believed in.

At the age of 14, Roosevelt attended the Groton school for boys where he was faced with the difficult challenge of fitting in with a number of different boys who had already made friendships in years prior. He never excelled athletically, but tried out for a number of different sports including tennis and bird hunting. He later moved on to Harvard where Roosevelt studied History and Government. He joined the staff of "˜"The Crimson," which was Harvard's premiere student run publication. He found that this was his true passion. His articles were highly respected and enjoyed, partly because of his relationship to Theodore Roosevelt, who was President at the time. He later went on to law school at the University of Columbia and successfully passed his bar exam. While in a partnership with Emmet, Marvin and Roosevelt, Roosevelt faced one of the biggest challenges of...