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Eleanor Roosevelt is best known as a humanitarian and the wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11, 1884, to Anna Hall and Elliott Roosevelt. Her Uncle (her father's brother) was Theodore Roosevelt who became the 26th President of the United States.

Eleanor was only 8 years old when her mother died, and sadly, her father passed away 2 years later, leaving Eleanor and her siblings to be raised by their maternal Grandmother.

She became engaged to Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1903, who was distantly related (5th cousin). They were married two years later, in 1905. The Roosevelts had 6 children, and lived in her home state of New York.

Eleanor's husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt became a United States Senator in 1910 and the Roosevelts moved to Washington D.C. Eleanor was devoted to her husband and supportive of his career. In 1921 when her husband became ill with poliomyelitis, Eleanor tenderly cared for him, his helpmate through his serious health problems.

In 1928 Franklin Roosevelt became Governor of New York, and was elected President in November 1932. Eleanor took an active role as First Lady, often travelling with her husband and was outspoken, holding press conferences, and speaking on the radio about current issues.

After her husband died (April 12, 1945) she became very active as a spokesperson for the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. She gained respect and admiration for her hard work, intelligence, common sense, optimism, and kind nature. Eleanor died in New York City in 1962.


References

http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/

http://www.theodoreroosevelt.org/

http://www.udhr.org/history/Biographies/