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Franklin D Roosevelt

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) a Democratic politician who became the 32nd US President (1933-45), also known informally as FDR, and the only one to be elected four times. From 1921 he suffered from polio (= a serious disease affecting the nervous system) and could hardly walk without help. Before becoming President he was Governor of New York (1929-33). As President, he introduced his New Deal programme which helped the US to recover from the Great Depression. Roosevelt was a cheerful man who gave Americans confidence with his fireside chats on radio. Before the US entered World War II, he supported Britain with the Lend-Lease plan. He died while President just before the war ended. see also Four Freedoms, Manhattan Project, Yalta
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
FD Roosevelt 1933