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Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) Early Political Career

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Early Political Career

After passing the bar exam, FDR went to work for a law firm in New York City that represented some of the most powerful big businesses in the country, including Standard Oil. However, he had no intention of remaining a lawyer for long. In 1907, he mapped out a path to the presidency that closely mirrored what actually happened over the next 25 years of life. As a Harvard classmate who worked with Roosevelt remembered, "he described very accurately the steps which he thought could lead to this goal. They were: first, a seat in the State Assembly, then an appointment as Assistant Secretary of the Navy…and finally the governorship of New York. 'Anyone who is governor of New York has a good chance to be President with any luck,' are about his words…"

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