68 Facts About Eleanor Roosevelt

1. Eleanor Roosevelt was a humanitarian activist during, before and after her husband's presidency.

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2. Eleanor Roosevelt had a half brother, Elliott Eleanor Roosevelt Mann, through her father's affair with Katy Mann, a servant employed by the family.

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3. Eleanor Roosevelt developed a deep attachment to Eleanor Roosevelt which compromised her objectivity and she resigned from the AP.

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4. At the time of her engagement, Eleanor Roosevelt was a shy, insecure girl looking for love and acceptance.

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5. Eleanor Roosevelt managed the transition from New York to Washington, positioning herself and her husband in Washington society.

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6. President Theodore Eleanor Roosevelt, inaugurated on March 4, 1905, walked Eleanor down the aisle and gave her away.

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7. On December 14, 1902, Eleanor Roosevelt was presented to society at a debutante ball at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

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8. Eleanor Roosevelt spent the summer and fall attending society events leading up to that debut.

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9. Eleanor Roosevelt took Eleanor Roosevelt under her wing, became her friend, mentor, and traveling companion.

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10. Eleanor Roosevelt began her education at the age of 7 by being privately tutored in her New York home.

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11. Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician, diplomat, activist and the longest-serving First Lady of the United States.

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12. In 1910, Franklin Eleanor Roosevelt began his political career when he was elected to the New York State Senate.

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13. Eleanor Roosevelt married Franklin Eleanor Roosevelt, her fifth cousin once removed, in 1905.

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14. Eleanor Roosevelt practiced what she preached when it came to being an advocate against discrimination.

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15. Eleanor Roosevelt would interrupt her husband at any time to confront him about certain issues.

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16. Eleanor Roosevelt was a First Lady who had many firsts.

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17. Eleanor Roosevelt began courting her father's fifth cousin, 20-year-old Harvard student Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in 1903.

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18. Eleanor Roosevelt lived in a stone cottage at Val-Kill, which was two miles east of the Springwood Estate.

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19. Eleanor Roosevelt was posthumously inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1973.

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20. Eleanor Roosevelt received the first annual Franklin Delano Roosevelt Brotherhood Award in 1946.

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21. Eleanor Roosevelt's averaged one hundred fifty lectures a year throughout the 1950s, many devoted to her activism on behalf of the United Nations.

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22. Eleanor Roosevelt's addressed the Democratic National Convention in 1952 and 1956.

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23. Eleanor Roosevelt's died just before the commission issued its report.

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24. Eleanor Roosevelt's resigned from her UN post in 1953, when Dwight D Eisenhower became President.

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25. Eleanor Roosevelt's supported Adlai Stevenson for president in 1952 and 1956, and urged his renomination in 1960.

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26. Eleanor Roosevelt's routinely hosted encampment workshops at her Hyde Park estate, and when the program was attacked as "socialistic" by McCarthyite forces in the early 1950s, she vigorously defended it.

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27. In July 1949, Eleanor Roosevelt had a bitter public disagreement with Cardinal Francis Spellman, the Archbishop of New York, over federal funding for parochial schools.

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28. Eleanor Roosevelt supported reformers trying to overthrow the Irish machine Tammany Hall, and some Catholics called her anti-Catholic.

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29. Eleanor Roosevelt served as the first United States Representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and stayed on at that position until 1953, even after stepping down as chair of the Commission in 1951.

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30. Eleanor Roosevelt attributed the abstention of the Soviet bloc nations to Article 13, which provided the right of citizens to leave their countries.

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31. Eleanor Roosevelt's lived here until 1953 when she moved to 211 East 62nd Street.

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32. In October 1942, Eleanor Roosevelt toured England, visiting with American troops and inspecting British forces.

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33. Eleanor Roosevelt's read a commercial from a mattress company, which sponsored the broadcast.

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34. Eleanor Roosevelt's was not the first First Lady to broadcast—her predecessor, Lou Henry Hoover, had done that already.

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35. Eleanor Roosevelt's continued her articles in other venues, publishing more than sixty articles in national magazines during her tenure as First Lady.

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36. Eleanor Roosevelt's was interviewed by many newspapers; the New Orleans journalist Iris Kelso described Roosevelt as her most interesting interviewee ever.

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37. On May 21, 1937, Eleanor Roosevelt visited Westmoreland Homesteads to mark the arrival of the community's final homesteader.

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38. Eleanor Roosevelt's was widely criticized for her defense of Japanese-American citizens, including in a call by the Los Angeles Times that she be "forced to retire from public life" over her stand on the issue.

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39. Eleanor Roosevelt brought unprecedented activism and ability to the role of the First Lady.

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40. Eleanor Roosevelt's looked to the future and was committed to social reform.

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41. Eleanor Roosevelt's was involved by being "the eyes and the ears" of the New Deal.

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42. Eleanor Roosevelt broke with tradition by inviting hundreds of African-American guests to the White House.

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43. Eleanor Roosevelt became one of the only voices in her husband's administration insisting that benefits be equally extended to Americans of all races.

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44. Eleanor Roosevelt's hoped the project could become a model for "a new kind of community" in the US, in which workers would be better cared for.

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45. Eleanor Roosevelt's was the first First Lady to write a monthly magazine column and to host a weekly radio show.

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46. Eleanor Roosevelt's wrote a daily and widely syndicated newspaper column, "My Day", another first for a presidential spouse.

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47. Eleanor Roosevelt became First Lady of the United States when Franklin was inaugurated on March 4, 1933.

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48. Eleanor Roosevelt's dogged Theodore on the New York State campaign trail in a car fitted with a papier-mache bonnet shaped like a giant teapot that was made to emit simulated steam, and countered his speeches with those of her own, calling him immature.

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49. Eleanor Roosevelt's started working with the Women's Trade Union League, raising funds in support of the union's goals: a 48-hour work week, minimum wage, and the abolition of child labor.

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50. Eleanor Roosevelt joined Franklin in touring the country, making her first campaign appearances.

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51. Eleanor Roosevelt was longtime friends with Carrie Chapman Catt, and gave her the Chi Omega award at the White House in 1941.

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52. Eleanor Roosevelt was 44 years old when she met Miller, 32, in 1929.

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53. Eleanor Roosevelt dismissed Bamie's criticisms by referring to her as an "aged woman".

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54. Eleanor Roosevelt's was close to her grandmother throughout her life.

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55. Each year, when Eleanor Roosevelt held a picnic at Val-Kill for delinquent boys, her granddaughter Eleanor Roosevelt Seagraves assisted her.

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56. In September 1918, Eleanor Roosevelt was unpacking one of Franklin's suitcases when she discovered a bundle of love letters to him from her social secretary, Lucy Mercer.

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57. Eleanor Roosevelt's once told her daughter Anna that it was an "ordeal to be borne".

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58. Early on, Eleanor Roosevelt had a breakdown in which she explained to Franklin that "I did not like to live in a house which was not in any way mine, one that I had done nothing about and which did not represent the way I wanted to live", but little changed.

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59. Eleanor Roosevelt was active with the New York Junior League shortly after its founding, teaching dancing and calisthenics in the East Side slums.

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60. Eleanor Roosevelt's took pleasure in Hall's brilliant performance at school, and was proud of his many academic accomplishments, which included a master's degree in engineering from Harvard.

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61. Eleanor Roosevelt doted on Hall, and when he enrolled at Groton School in 1907, she accompanied him as a chaperone.

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62. Eleanor Roosevelt was born into a world of immense wealth and privilege, as her family was part of New York high society called the "swells".

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63. Eleanor Roosevelt's had a half brother, Elliott Roosevelt Mann, through her father's affair with Katy Mann, a servant employed by the family.

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64. Eleanor Roosevelt's served as the first chair of the UN Commission on Human Rights and oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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65. Eleanor Roosevelt's advocated for expanded roles for women in the workplace, the civil rights of African Americans and Asian Americans, and the rights of World War II refugees.

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66. Eleanor Roosevelt was a member of the prominent American Roosevelt and Livingston families and a niece of President Theodore Roosevelt.

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67. Eleanor Roosevelt served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952.

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68. Eleanor Roosevelt's served as the First Lady of the United States from March 4, 1933 to April 12, 1945 during her husband President Franklin D Roosevelt's four terms in office, making her the longest serving First Lady of the United States.

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