Eleanor Roosevelt

Summary of Eleanor Roosevelt - First Lady of America
Our summary and fast facts about Eleanor Roosevelt provides an interesting and easy way to learn about the life of the First Lady of President Franklin Roosevelt. A trusted advisor and great supporter of her husband the independent Eleanor Roosevelt used her position as First Lady to advance political causes such as women's rights and Civil Rights. She was confident, competent and highly intelligent and was made a delegate to the United Nations and helped to write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Eleanor Roosevelt remains one of the most respected of all the First Ladies.

Facts about Eleanor Roosevelt - First Lady "Lady Bountiful"
Eleanor Roosevelt undertook the role of First Lady to Franklin Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States who served in office from March 4, 1933 to April 12, 1945.  He was the only president to serve for four terms in office. What was the life of Eleanor Roosevelt like? The Facts about Eleanor Roosevelt covers important information, dates and interesting facts about her birth, her early life, her family, her personality with a biography and the accomplishments of Eleanor Roosevelt as the First Lady of the USA.

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Facts about Eleanor Roosevelt: Fact Sheet of Eleanor Roosevelt
Facts and Info: This fast fact sheet provides important information about Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States of America.

Eleanor Roosevelt Fact Sheet - The First Lady of President Franklin Roosevelt

Relationship to President Franklin Roosevelt: Wife

Date Eleanor Roosevelt entered White House as First Lady: March 4, 1933

Term of Presidency: 1933-1945

When and where was Eleanor Roosevelt born?  

She was born on October 11, 1884 in New York, NY

What was the name of her father and mother?

The name of her parents: Elliott Roosevelt & Anna Livingston Hall Roosevelt. Some of her education was in Allenwood School in London

What was her relationship to President Franklin Roosevelt?

Eleanor Roosevelt was his wife, and a distant cousin

When did she marry?

She was married on March 17, 1905 to Franklin Delano Roosevelt

What are the names of her children?

The names of her children were Anna Eleanor (1906 – 1975), James (1907 – 1991), Franklin (1909), Elliott (1910 – 1990), Franklin Delano, Jr. (1914 – 1988), John Aspinwall (1916 – 1981)

When and where did Eleanor Roosevelt die?

Eleanor Roosevelt died on November 7, 1962 in New York, NY

Eleanor Roosevelt Fact Sheet - The First Lady of President Franklin Roosevelt

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Facts about Eleanor Roosevelt: Fast Overview of Events in the White House
Facts and Info: Eleanor Roosevelt assumed the position of First Lady to President Franklin Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt witnessed the important events of his presidency that included
leading the country out of the Great Depression with his New Deal policies, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the US entry into WW2  and the Yalta Conference.

Personality and Character: Eleanor Roosevelt Quotes
Facts and Info: An insight into the personal views, character and personality of this First Lady may be obtained from the following Eleanor Roosevelt quotes:

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it. If you fail anywhere along the line, it will take away your confidence. You must make yourself succeed every time. You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

"It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it."

"The future is literally in our hands to mold as we like. But we cannot wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow is now."

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

Facts about Eleanor Roosevelt: Her Nickname or Pet Name "Lady Bountiful"
Facts and Info: This famous First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, was known
by the nickname of Lady Bountiful because of her generous nature, at a tea for wounded servicemen she gave each one of them silver teaspoons engraved "The President's House". She was also given other nicknames by the media such as "The Busybody" and the "The Meddler" because she acted as the 'eyes and ears' of the President and was deeply involved and active in his presidency.

Facts about Eleanor Roosevelt: First Events
Facts and Info: Eleanor Roosevelt was the 1st First Lady to
hold regular press conferences. Her first press conference took place on March 6, 1933 and during her service as First Lady she held a total of 348 press conferences. The importance of communicating with the American public continued when she became the First Lady to host a weekly radio show. She was the 1st First Lady to act as hostess to reigning British monarchs when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited her home at Hyde Park. Always independent, she drove her own car and refused Secret Service protection, keeping a gun in the glove compartment. She was the 1st First Lady to fly in an airplane on March 6, 1934 from Miami to Puerto Rico. Amelia Earhart then acted as aircraft pilot to Eleanor Roosevelt on a trip to Baltimore.

Facts about the Causes and Accomplishments of Eleanor Roosevelt
Facts and Info: First Ladies are not elected so have no official role. Their accomplishments are therefore based on their own particular wishes that ranged from political interests, humanitarian and charitable causes or duties relating to their family or social responsibilities. The causes and accomplishments of Eleanor Roosevelt were demonstrated in her support of the equality of women, worker's rights, child welfare and Civil Rights. She supported many charities including the Salvation Army and the Red Cross. Eleanor Roosevelt became a delegate to the United Nations and helped to write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1961 President John F. Kennedy made Eleanor Roosevelt chair of his Commission on the Status of Women.

Facts about Eleanor Roosevelt: The Early Life of Eleanor Roosevelt
Facts and Info: Eleanor Roosevelt
was born on October 11, 1884 in New York. Her parents were Elliott Bulloch Roosevelt & Anna Livingston Hall Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt was the niece of president Theodore Roosevelt and would become the wife of FDR who was her fifth-cousin once removed. Her wealthy father, the brother of Theodore Roosevelt, was a member of the upper class and mixed with the cream of society. His life was ruined by his alcohol addiction and both her parents died by the time Eleanor Roosevelt was just 10 years old. Eleanor Roosevelt was raised by her grandmother and enjoyed a privileged, wealthy upbringing and was well educated at schools in the US and in London. Eleanor became engaged to her distant cousin in 1903 and married Franklin Delano Roosevelt on March 17, 1905. Eleanor and FDR had 6 children. In August 1921, 16 years after their marriage, Franklin Roosevelt contracted polio which resulted in permanent paralysis of his legs and his confinement to a wheelchair. His disability was played down and care was taken to not have photographs taken of FDR in the wheelchair as his paralysis was concealed from the public. The couple lived in Hyde Park, the Roosevelt estate in New York. Eleanor Roosevelt was a firm supporter of her husband in his political career but their marriage became platonic and Franklin was associated with several other women. Their life in Hyde Park and his relationship with Margaret "Daisy" Suckley was featured in the 2012 movie 'Hyde Park on Hudson' staring Bill Murray as FDR.

Facts about Eleanor Roosevelt: Life at the White House
Facts and Info: Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected President of the United States when he was 51 years old and Eleanor Roosevelt assumed the role as First Lady on
March 4, 1933. Strong, determined, ambitious Eleanor Roosevelt was the most trusted advisor of her husband and played an active role in political affairs in the White House. Eleanor Roosevelt started as she meant to go on, and gave her first press conference took place on March 6, 1933 to women reporters. World War II erupted and Eleanor Roosevelt supported the war effort and visited U.S. troops who were serving abroad. She was an experienced social hostess and entertained King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England at Hyde Park. Eleanor Roosevelt famously arranged for an informal picnic for the royal couple in which hot-dogs and hamburgers were featured. Her husband served in four terms of office. FDR died of cerebral haemorrhage on April 12, 1945 during his 4th term as president and was buried in the Rose Garden of his Hyde Park estate.

Facts about Eleanor Roosevelt: Life after the White House
Facts and Info: The much respected Eleanor Roosevelt rejected the idea of running for the Senate and concentrated on her writing and charitable and political causes. S
he was selected as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly in which she served from 1945 to 1953. Her involvement led to her helping to write the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948. President John F. Kennedy appointed Eleanor Roosevelt chair of his Commission on the Status of Women. Eleanor Roosevelt died of cancer on November 7, 1962. She is buried beside her husband in Hyde Park in New York.

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