Franklin D. Roosevelt – The Man Who Conqered Fear

By Katie Calonje Talon Staff writer

President Day’s around the corner and we should appreciate our past presidents and the effort that they put into building and preserving this country. One of them being Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States. Born in Hyde Park, New York on January 30, 1882, he began his intriguing life. He was an only child from Sara and James Franklin that started his education in Harvard where his cousin Theodore Roosevelt was too and Henry Adams the descendent of two presidents went to Harvard.

Franklin D. Roosevelt understood that in order to be a good president he needed to get a good education and graduated from Harvard University then Columbia Law University. Soon thereafter, he got married to Eleanor Roosevelt and became governor of New York. He was then elected President in November 1932, to the first of four terms. Roosevelt was the only president to be elected four times and led the United States through the Great Depression and World War II. Roosevelt established the Good Neighbor Policy with Latin America along with the formation of the United Nations.

Several times throughout World War II, Roosevelt tried to resolve several many of the issues and tried to be involved as much as possible. In order to stay strong for the country, he made sure not to be seen in public using his wheelchair and taught himself to walk short distances with his braces. One of his political issues was when Roosevelt proposed a new sweeping economic reform, called the “New Deal.” It was where he ordered the temporary closure on all banks to halt the run on deposits. He formed a “Brain Trust” of economic advisors who made the alphabet agencies such as the Agricultural Adjustment Administration(AAA) to support farm prices, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to employ young men, and the National Recovery Administration (NRA) that regulated wages and prices. Other different agencies part of his reform insured bank deposits, regulated the stock market, and provided relief to the unemployed. Roosevelt overall as a president was an astonishingly strong and brave one that truly cared about his country.