Influential First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to as things came along.” She may have had many life struggles, but, Eleanor over came them, and they helped make her the hardworking and determined women she was. On the day of October 11, 1884 in New York City, parents Ann and Elliot Roosevelt welcomed their daughter Ann Eleanor Roosevelt into the world. Although it looked as though she had the perfect life with money, power, and privilege, it was the exact opposite. When she was only eight, Eleanor’s mother died from diphtheria (an upper respiratory illness), her brother Elliot died a year later from the same disease, and not even two years after that her father, who was an alcoholic, tried to commit suicide. He failed, but, died a few days later from a seizure. After all of these terrible events happened, Eleanor was prone to depression throughout her life. After her parents deaths Eleanor moved in with he grandmother, Mary Ludlow. Up until the age of fifteen, Roosevelt was tutored privately; after that, with the encouragement of her aunt, she was sent to a private school outside of London, England, Allenswood Academy. Eleanor was deeply influenced by her feminist headmistress, Marie Souvestre. Going to Allenswood allowed Eleanor to gain a lot of confidence. Her cousin, Corinne Robinson, said that at Allenswood Eleanor was loved by everybody. At the age of seventeen, Eleanor had to leave Allenswood. Her grandmother wanted her to make her debutante (When a girl has reached the age of maturity, they are introduced to society at a formal “debut”.) During the summer of her debutante, Eleanor met Franklin D. Roosevelt, her father’s fifth cousin, on a train going to Tivoli, New York. They kept their love a secret, but decided to tell people on November 22, 1903, the day they became engaged. When Franklin’s mother found out about the engagement, she was furious. She made Eleanor and Franklin promise not to officially announce the engagement to anyone for a year. In spite of his mother’s disapproval, Franklin and Eleanor were married on March 17, 1905. Eleanor and Franklin had six children, five sons and one daughter. Their third child, Franklin Jr. died at only eight months old of influenza. Although Eleanor loved her children deeply, she described how uncomfortable being a mother was when she wrote “It did not come naturally to me to understand little children or enjoy them.” Her life became even harder when on September of 1918, Eleanor was unpacking one of Franklin’s suitcases. She discovered many love letters from his secretary Lucy Mercer to him. She confronted Franklin, and even offered to divorce to divorce him, but Franklin’s mother threatened to disown him if they divorced. Eleanor forgave Franklin, yet their marriage had been torn apart. She began focusing more on her social work instead of her role as a housewife. On March 4, 1993 Franklin was inaugurated as president of the United States. This should have been a happy time for Eleanor, yet she became very depressed. She did not want to assume the role of The First Lady. So, with support from her husband, Eleanor redefined the position. She was once called “the most controversial First Lady in United States history.” She had soon accomplished many firsts as the first lady including the first to speak at a Democratic National Party convention. She also had a newspaper column called “My Day”. In her column she discussed world issues, and spread her thoughts and views of world problems to millions of Americans six days a week. One of Eleanor’s main projects during Franklin’s presidency was when she gave families of homeless miners’ homes in Arthurdale, West Virginia. Though she wanted miners of all races to be able to
Honors English 3rd Hour Research Paper over the 1930s 9 November 2013
! Eleanor Roosevelt!
! Eleanor Roosevelt is known for much more than being a First Lady. She accomplished
many things inside and outside the White House, even after her husband died (Black “Anna Eleanor Roosevelt”). Eleanor said, according to pbs.org that “I took it for granted that men were superior creatures and knew more about politics than women did, and while I realized that if my husband was a suffragist…
October 1,, 1884, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City to Anna Hall and Elliott Roosevelt. As Eleanor was growing up, her mother, a society beauty, was disappointed in her homely, shy daughter and favored Eleanor’s two younger brothers. Eleanor adored her affectionate father, Elliott Roosevelt, but he was an alcoholic and also not at home very much. By the time Eleanor was ten, both parents had died and she was living with her strict Grandmother Hall.
When Eleanor was fifteen, she…
Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City on October 11, 1884 by wealthy New York socialites. She was the daughter of the beautiful, Anna Hall and handsome Elliot Roosevelt. Ever since she was little, she was labeled as an “ugly duckling” compared to her parent's beauty. She always wanted affection and praise from her mom. Her mom once said “You have no looks, so see to it that you have manners.” But, she was a swan that had an excellent awareness to the disadvantaged people in the world. She…
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Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11, 1884 in New York City. Both of her parents died before she was 10 years old. After their deaths, she was sent to England to study abroad, where she learned to become vocal and come out of her shell (Eleanor). She married her distant cousin Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1905, and later became his first lady of the United States…
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Author: Betty Boyd Caroli
Publisher: Encyclopedia Britannica
Publication Date: 1994
Database Name: History Reference Center
1. “Eleanor Roosevelt, 1950. Brown Brothers (born Oct. 11, 1884, New York, N.Y., U.S.—died Nov. 7, 1962, New York City) American first lady (1933-45), the wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United Stated, and a United Nations diplomat and humanitarian.”
Eleanor was born in 1884, died in 1962, and served…
office of president, Franklin passed away and Eleanor found herself on her own. While Eleanor never lost her desire to improve life for people at home, she became more and more concerned about people everywhere during World War II. She was appointed to the United Nations and eventually became chair of the committee charged with setting up the commission for human rights. The first task of this commission was to draft a document defining human rights and Eleanor herself wrote this document. As she had throughout…
1. From 1933 to 1945, Eleanor Roosevelt was the leading lady of the United States.
2. Because both her parents had passed away when she was only ten years old, she was raised by her maternal grandma.
3. “My Day,” was a popular newspaper article that she authored.
4. She worked for the entitlements of the poor and underprivileged as the wife of the President.
5. She felt very passionate about the challenges of children and
6. Eleanor Roosevelt was a seasoned traveler around the globe.…
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Delmarva Christian Highschool
It has been said that women are similar to heroes. Throughout history, millions of women have managed to balance work, raise children, and care for their personal affairs, all while having dinner ready on the table for their hungry families. Imagine the added responsibility of being the first lady of the United States. The wife of a president must be a superhero because…
-The First, First Lady of Her Kind-
Eleanor Roosevelt- wife of President Franklin Roosevelt- wasn’t your typical first lady. She didn’t enjoy decorating the White House; in fact, she didn’t want to be there in the first place. As a child her mother did not conceal the fact she thought her daughter was an ugly duckling; this seed could have been the root of Eleanor’s feelings of inadequacy that would last for quite some time. She had a rough childhood, her mother died when she…
J. William T. Youngs
Eleanor Roosevelt: A Personal and Public Life (Library of
American Biography Series) (3rd Edition)
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This biography offers a clear, concise
and moving portrait of Eleanor
Roosevelt. Her wisdom, kindness, trials
and tribulations serve as wonderful
examples of the power of human dignity,
and of the ability of...