1914 - 1988 (aged 74)
Was the thirty-second President of the United States. Elected to four terms in office, he
Franklin D Roosevelt (FDR) served from 1933 to 1945, and is the only U.S. president to have
served more than two terms. He was a central figure of the 20th century during a time of
worldwide economic crisis and world war.
During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Roosevelt created the New Deal to provide relief
for the unemployed, recovery of the economy, and reform of the economic and banking
systems. Although recovery of the economy was incomplete until almost 1940, many
programs initiated in the Roosevelt administration continue to have instrumental roles in the
nation's commerce, such as the FDIC, TVA, and the SEC. One of his most important legacies
is the Social Security system.