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This Day in Georgia History

January 30, 1882

FDR Born

To view an image of Roosevelt in Warm Springs, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was born at Hyde Park, New York. Elected to the New York state senate in 1910, two years later, he was named Assistant U.S. Secretary of Navy by Pres. Woodrow Wilson. In 1920, Roosevelt agreed to be Democratic presidential nominee James Cox’s running mate. After losing the election, Roosevelt began practicing law in New York. In 1921, he was suddenly stricken with polio. Three years later, Roosevelt began visiting Warm Springs, Ga. after hearing reports that the thermal waters there had cured one victim of polio. Thus began a series of one or more visits every year until his death–with the sole exception of 1942. In 1928, voters of New York elected Roosevelt governor of the state. He took office on Jan. 1, 1929. Ten months later, the stock market collapsed precipitating the Great Depression. Reelected governor in 1930, Roosevelt decided to have his own house built at Warm Springs for use during his treatments. What would become known as the Little White House was completed in the spring of 1932. That summer, the Democratic Party nominated him to run for president. Voters overwhelmingly elected Roosevelt president in November 1932, and he would subsequently be reelected a record three more times. On April 12, 1945, Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage while visiting his Little White House.