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Franklin Roosevelt's House (Springwood) at Hyde Park, NY (Sept. 2009)

Franklin Roosevelt (18821945) was the 26th President of the United States. He was the only President elected to more than two terms, having been elected to four. FDR was stricken with polio in 1918, when he was 36, yet, due to much physical therapy and self will, was still able to serve as President and to mostly conceal his disability, even though he could not walk on his own. He was born into a prominent and wealthy aristocratic New York family, and was doted on as an only child, especially by his mother Sara. He was born in Springwood, the family house on the family estate in Hyde Park, New York, and lived there all of his life. Contrary to his privileged upbringing, he was known for fighting for the rights of the common man and for the working class. To the dismay of his piers, he pushed through major legislation during the Great Depression summed up as the New Deal. Among the executive orders and legislation that he passed were the bank holiday that he declared when he first came into office, legislation creating new government agencies, including the Works Progress Administration and the National Recovery Administration, with the intent of creating new jobs for the unemployed. Other legislation, such as the Social Security Act, provided direct assistance to individuals. His optimism and ebullience and economic activism were just the tonic that the country needed after the pessimism of the previous Hoover administration. While the Great Depression did not end until World War II, he got the country moving again and gave people hope. He also anticipated its inevitability of World War II and tried to mobilize for it, despite a strong isolationist sentiment in the United States. He came to the aid of Great Britain and inspired people of the United States with his leadership during the war. He died in office of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1945, shortly before victory later that year. A year after his death, Churchill visited FDRs grave in Hyde Park and was quoted as saying that when he met Roosevelt, it was like opening his first bottle of champagne.
Franklin Roosevelt's House (Springwood) at Hyde Park, NY cover page.
Franklin Roosevelt's House (Springwood) at Hyde Park, NY cover page.
Map of Hyde Park, NY showing Franklin Roosevelt's home, library and museum.
Map of Hyde Park, NY showing Franklin Roosevelt's home, library and museum.
Franklin and Eleanor after they were married.  They were married on St. Patrick's Day, 1905. Teddy Roosevelt gave Eleanor away.
Franklin and Eleanor after they were married. They were married on St. Patrick's Day, 1905. Teddy Roosevelt gave Eleanor away.
Eleanor with 3 of their children.  Motherhood was difficult for her since she was not well nurtured herself.
Eleanor with 3 of their children. Motherhood was difficult for her since she was not well nurtured herself.
Franklin and Eleanor when they were older, after Franklin was reelected President for the third time in 1940.
Franklin and Eleanor when they were older, after Franklin was reelected President for the third time in 1940.
Tile floor at the FDR visitor's center showing the property layout of the house, library & museum and Val-Kill, Eleanor's house.
Tile floor at the FDR visitor's center showing the property layout of the house, library & museum and Val-Kill, Eleanor's house.
Statue outside of the FDR visitor's center of a happy looking Eleanor and Franklin.
Statue outside of the FDR visitor's center of a happy looking Eleanor and Franklin.
Modern sculpture on the estate grounds.  The red stripes are reminiscent of the American flag.
Modern sculpture on the estate grounds. The red stripes are reminiscent of the American flag.
A Depression era poster near the FDR library & museum.  Roosevelt tried to get the country moving during the Depression.
A Depression era poster near the FDR library & museum. Roosevelt tried to get the country moving during the Depression.
Statues of FDR and Churchill who (with Stalin) defeated Hitler and the Nazis during World War II.
Statues of FDR and Churchill who (with Stalin) defeated Hitler and the Nazis during World War II.
Close-up of the FDR statue.  He was a handsome man.
Close-up of the FDR statue. He was a handsome man.
Close-up of the Churchill statue.  He looks very determined.
Close-up of the Churchill statue. He looks very determined.
Modern sculpture between the 2 statues.  FDR was famous for saying the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Modern sculpture between the 2 statues. FDR was famous for saying "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
Driveway leading to Springwood, the Roosevelt family house.
Driveway leading to Springwood, the Roosevelt family house.
Close-up of Springwood.  Repair work was being done to the front of it the day that I was there.
Close-up of Springwood. Repair work was being done to the front of it the day that I was there.
Portrait of FDR's domineering and doting mother, Sara.  His father, James, was much older and was 54 when Franklin was born.
Portrait of FDR's domineering and doting mother, Sara. His father, James, was much older and was 54 when Franklin was born.
Reproduction of Franklin's Study in the FDR Library & Museum.
Reproduction of Franklin's Study in the FDR Library & Museum.
From this description of the objects of interest in the Study, it is obvious that this room was his domain.
From this description of the objects of interest in the Study, it is obvious that this room was his domain.
Entrance sign to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum.
Entrance sign to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum.
Pathway leading to it with a statue of FDR in front.
Pathway leading to it with a statue of FDR in front.
Close-up of the statue.
Close-up of the statue.
Sign at the library & museum stating that this was the first one of its kind and the only one that a sitting president used.
Sign at the library & museum stating that this was the first one of its kind and the only one that a sitting president used.
1936 Ford Phaeton owned by Franklin at the FDR library & museum. He loved to drive and to drive fast!
1936 Ford Phaeton owned by Franklin at the FDR library & museum. He loved to drive and to drive fast!
Sign describing how he had to make alterations to the car so that he could drive without the use of his legs.
Sign describing how he had to make alterations to the car so that he could drive without the use of his legs.
The sign did not mention that the car had a device that would eject lit cigarettes when needed!
The sign did not mention that the car had a device that would eject lit cigarettes when needed!
FDR looking happy behind the wheel of the car. Note the cigarette that was probably ejected automatically by the car!
FDR looking happy behind the wheel of the car. Note the cigarette that was probably ejected automatically by the car!
The Roosevelt dog, Fala, was one of the most famous members of the family!
The Roosevelt dog, "Fala," was one of the most famous members of the family!
View of the stable, which was built by James Roosevelt in 1886.
View of the stable, which was built by James Roosevelt in 1886.
Gardens in September in front of the stable.
Gardens in September in front of the stable.
Some late blooming roses in the rose garden.
Some late blooming roses in the rose garden.
Between the gardens and the stable is the gravesite of Franklin (1882-1945) and Eleanor (1884-1962).
Between the gardens and the stable is the gravesite of Franklin (1882-1945) and Eleanor (1884-1962).