Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) Timeline
How It All Went Down
Jan 30, 1882
Franklin Roosevelt is born in Hyde Park, NY.
Franklin Roosevelt leaves home to attend Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts.
Franklin Roosevelt moves to Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend Harvard College.
Franklin Roosevelt moves to New York City, marries Eleanor Roosevelt, and enters Columbia Law School.
Nov 8, 1910
Franklin Roosevelt is elected to the New York State Senate.
Franklin Roosevelt is appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President Woodrow Wilson.
Franklin Roosevelt runs as the Democratic candidate for Vice-President, alongside James M. Cox. The ticket is defeated by Republicans Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge.
Franklin Roosevelt contracts a paralytic disease while swimming in Maine.
Franklin Roosevelt establishes a polio treatment center in Warm Springs, Georgia.
Nov 6, 1928
Franklin Roosevelt is elected governor of New York.
Oct 29, 1929
The New York Stock Exchange crashes, one of a series of events leading to the Great Depression in the United States.
Nov 8, 1932
Franklin Roosevelt defeats Herbert Hoover to become the 32nd President of the United States, receiving 57.4% of the popular vote.51
In the "First 100 Days," FDR pushes fifteen legislative proposals through Congress; these form the basis of the New Deal.
In the First New Deal, the federal government provides "immediate relief" from the Depression by creating new public agencies to employ civilians, as well as regulate the banking industry.
In the Second New Deal, the federal government establishes additional agencies and programs including the WPA, Social Security, and the National Labor Relations Board.
Nov 3, 1936
Franklin Roosevelt defeats Alfred Landon, winning re-election to a second term. He wins by a landslide in the popular vote (60.8%) and trounces Landon in the Electoral College 523 to 8.52
Nov 5, 1940
Franklin Roosevelt is re-elected to a third term with 54.7% of the vote,53 campaigning on a promise not to send American troops into foreign wars.
Mar 11, 1940
Under President Roosevelt, Congress passes the Lend-Lease Act, allowing the US to aid the Allied Powers without entering into the war.
Dec 7, 1941
Japan attacks Pearl Harbor; US declares war on Germany, Italy, and Japan.
Feb 19, 1942
Franklin Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, imprisoning many Japanese-Americans living on American soil.
Jun 6, 1944
On D-Day, the first of nearly 3 million Allied soldiers arrive on the northern shores of France.
Nov 7, 1944
Franklin Roosevelt is elected to a fourth term with 53.4% of the popular vote.54
Feb 11, 1945
Franklin Roosevelt meets with Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin in Yalta to negotiate the post-war future of Europe.
Apr 12, 1945