Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30,1882. He was born as the beloved only child of James Roosevelt and Sara Delano Roosevelt, both from very good families. He lived a privileged life as a child, taught first by governesses, then attending the newly opened Groton school at fourteen, and Harvard University for his undergraduate degree. He was well respected was elected editor-in-chief of the college paper. Inspired to run for office by his distant cousin "Uncle" Teddy Roosevelt, Roosevelt ran for his first public office, State Senator in New York, in 1910. In three years, aided by his shrewd political acumen and the power of the Roosevelt name and money, he was chosen Assistant Secretary of the Navy, sitting at the same desk that Teddy Roosevelt had sat at in Washington just a few years before. It was in August of 1921, between political offices, that FDR was suddenly paralyzed in
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