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Compatriot President: Franklin Delano Roosevelt

President FDRFranklin Delano Roosevelt

 

32nd President of the US

 

 

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to four terms as our Chief Executive – longer than any other President (1935 - 1945).  He was born at Hyde Park, NY, on January 30, 1882.  He was President during the Great Depression and most of World War II.
 
Roosevelt’s Revolutionary War ancestor was Isaac Roosevelt who served as a private in the 6th Regiment, Dutchess County Militia, New York Troops.  
 
On June 14, 1931, Franklin D. Roosevelt, then Governor of New York, attended the SAR Flag Day ceremonies and “Descendants Day” on the village green adjoining St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in the quaint village of Eastchester, NY.  Many members along with the Color Guard of the New York Chapter of the Empire State Society attended.  Theodore Roosevelt’s and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ancestor was an original pew holder and vestryman of the church.  The church’s bell, prayer book, Bible, and chalice had been secretly buried during the Revolutionary War.  The bell hangs in the belfry today, and the books and chalice are displayed on special occasions.  
 
On April 20, 1933, President General Frederick W. Millspaugh and General Fries called at the White House to inform the President that his SAR Membership had been approved.  Two of President Roosevelt’s sons joined the SAR:  Colonel James Roosevelt and Congressman Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr.
 
One month prior to the surrender of Germany, and less than three months after being elected to his fourth term, President Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage at Warm Springs, GA, on April 12, 1945, at the age of 63.  Roosevelt is buried at the family home at Hyde Park, NY.