FDR

FDR in 1933 BW portrait

FDR in 1933 BW portrait

Franklin D. Roosevelt served as the 32nd President of the United States from March 1933 to his death in April 1945. While he did not live to see the ultimate victory of the allies, few would dispute his central role in engineering that victory, or in engineering America’s victory over the Great Depression. Elected four times, many Americans casting their ballots in 1948 had never known another President; FDR’s incredible success led to the passage, in 1951, of the 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution, barring any person from holding the office of President more than twice.

Crippled by polio in 1921, FDR won the highest office – and served for 12 years as perhaps the greatest modern President – without the use of his legs.