Franklin D. Roosevelt Fast Facts

Thirty-Second President of the United States

Roosevelt statue, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington D.C.
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt served as America's president for over 12 years, longer than any other person before or since. He was in power during the Great Depression and throughout most of World War II. His policies and decisions had and continue to have an enormous impact on America. For more in depth information, you can also read the Franklin D. Roosevelt Biography.

Fast Facts: Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • Birth: January 30, 1882
  • Death: April 12, 1945
  • Known for: Four-term President of the U.S.
  • Term of Office: March 4, 1933-April 12, 1945
  • Number of Terms Elected: 4 Terms; Died during his 4th term.
  • Spouse: Eleanor Roosevelt (His fifth cousin once removed)
  • Famous Quote: "The United States Constitution has proved itself the most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written." Additional Franklin D. Roosevelt quotes.

Major Events While in Office

  • Twenty-First Amendment - Repeal of Prohibition (1933)
  • New Deal policies including the creation of the CCC, NRA, and TVA (1933-1935)
  • Social Security Act (1935)
  • Court Packing Plan (1937)
  • World War II (1939-1945)
  • Pearl Harbor attacked; US enters World War II (1941)
  • Yalta Conference (1945)

Related Franklin D. Roosevelt Resources

These additional resources on Franklin D Roosevelt can provide you with further information about the president and his times.

  • Causes of the Great Depression: What actually caused the Great Depression? Here is a list of the top five most commonly agreed upon causes of the Great Depression.
  • The Manhattan Project Timeline: One day before America entered World War II with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Manhattan Project officially began with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's approval over the objections of some scientists including Albert Einstein. J. Robert Oppenheimer was the project's scientific director.