Ranked #3: FDR guided America through the greatest domestic crisis, (Civil War excluded) and it's greatest foreign crisis. He handled the Great Depression and World War 2 as well as helped bring recovery to the nation. He did more to change American society than any of his predecessors.
Summary: Roosevelt was compelling, sociable, effervescent, charming and genuinely interested in people and their problems. According to his wife, being stricken with polio made him more sensitive to the feelings of others. His composure under stress was second to none.
Bio: Had it not been for the fact that he was in office for four terms, lifted America from the Great Depression, created the New Deal and lead America through World War II he would have likely been known as that “other” Roosevelt. He was jolly, endearing and impactful. He suffered from polio and would actually joke about it even when it made others uncomfortable in his presence.
Though his years in office were among the most stressful in American history, he was always very composed. As the 32nd president he accomplished a great deal and has been rated consistently in the top five greatest presidents by several historians. Not since Lincoln had a president reshaped America so profoundly and he also reshaped the office of the presidency by increasing the scope of the presidents responsibilities. This would make his successors jobs a lot more challenging. He died in office from a brain hemorrhage.
Americans felt so comfortable with Roosevelt as president, they elected him to four terms. No other president had this much success with the American people politically. I think Americans believed that Roosevelt was the only trusted leader to get America back on it's feet. In the end, Roosevelt accomplish this. He died in office of a cerebral hemorrhage after complaining of a terrific headache.
Pros: Established Social Security. Led America to victory in World War 2 and the Great Depression. Repealed prohibition. Extended environmental conservation efforts.
Cons: Turned away Jewish refugees as well as refuse asylum to hundreds of Jews who would later be killed in the Holocaust. Interned Japanese Americans during World War 2. Opposed anti-lynching legislation.
Born: January 30, 1882, Hyde Park, New York
Died: April 12, 1945 (aged 63) Warm Springs, Georgia