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Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt was the longest serving First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945. She was also called "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements. Though widely respected in her later years, Roosevelt was a controversial First Lady for her outspokenness, particularly her stance on racial issues. She was the first presidential spouse to hold press conferences and speak at a national convention.


  • Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born at 56 West 37th Street in New York City, to socialites Elliott Bulloch Roosevelt and Anna Rebecca Hall. From an early age, she preferred to be called by her middle name Eleanor. Through her father, she was a niece of President TheodoreRoosevelt. Through her mother, she was a niece of tennis champions Valentine Gill Hall III and Edward Ludlow Hall. She acted in such an old-fashioned manner as a child that her mother nicknamed her "Granny".

  • Career

    • After her husband's death in 1945, Roosevelt continued to be an international author, speaker, politician, and activist for the New Deal coalition. She worked to enhance the status of working women, although she opposed the Equal Rights Amendment because she believed it would adversely affect women.

      In the 1940s, Roosevelt was one of the co-founders of Freedom House and supported the formation of the United Nations. Roosevelt founded the UN Association of the United States in 1943 to advance support for the formation of the UN. She was a delegate to the UN General Assembly from 1945 and 1952, a job for which she was appointed by President Harry S. Truman and confirmed by the United States Senate. During her time at the United Nations she chaired the committee that drafted and approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

      Active in politics for the rest of her life, Roosevelt chaired the John F. Kennedy administration's ground-breaking committee which helped start second-wave feminism, the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.

    Major achievements

    • In 1999, she was ranked in the top ten of Gallup's List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century.


    Supported the policy of the New Deal. Struggled for the women's rights.

    Party affiliation: Democratic Party


    Denomination: Episcopalian



    Politicians: Franklin Delano Roosevelt


    • father: Elliott Roosevelt
    • mother: Anna Hall Roosevelt
    • 26th President of the United States
    • brother: Elliott Roosevelt, Jr.
    • brother: Hall Roosevelt
    • half brother: Elliott Roosevelt Mann
    • Daughter: Anna Eleanor, Jr.
    • Son: James
    • Son: Franklin Delano, Jr.
    • Son: Elliott
    • Son: Franklin Delano, Jr.
    • Son: John Aspinwall
    • 32nd President of the United States
    Anna Roosevelt
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    Born October 11, 1884
    Died November 7, 1962
    (aged 78)
    • 1889 - 1890
      private tuition
    • 1890 - 1891
      Convent School, Italy
    • 1898 - 1902
      Allenswood Girl’s Academy, Wimbledon Common, London, England
    • 1902 - 1903
      Secretary and Teacher, unior League for the Promotion of Settlement Movements, Rivington Street College Settlement
      New York City
    • 1903 - 1905
      Investigator, The Consumer’s League
      New York City
    • 1924 - 1928
      vice president, The Women's City Club of New York
      New York
    • 1926 - 1933
      co-owner, history and government teacher, Todhunter School for Girls
      New York City
    • 1929 - 1933
      First Lady of New York State, New York State Administration
      New York
    • 1933 - 1945
      First Lady of United States, White House
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