Monday, July 8, 2013

Picture of the Day - Eleanor Roosevelt

Here is Eleanor Roosevelt appearing at the 1960 Democratic Convention.

Interestingly, Eleanor herself was born into the wealthy and well-connected New York family, the Roosevelt's.  Eleanor's father was Elliott Bullock Roosevelt.  She was the niece of President Theodore Roosevelt, Elliott's brother.  She married her father's 5th cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She was the nation's longest serving First lady, serving from 1933 to 1945. 

The Roosevelt's marriage was complicated from the beginning by Franklin's controlling mother, Sara, and after discovering Franklin's affair with Lucy Mercer in 1918, Eleanor resolved to seek fulfillment in a public life of her own.  She was a strong First Lady, very involved with, and very committed to, the affairs of the nation.

Mrs. Roosevelt died, two short years after the above photograph was taken, at age 78, in November of 1962.

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