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What are some facts about President Franklin D. Roosevelt?

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Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 32nd president of the United States. He was serving his second term as the New York governor when he took office as president in 1932. He was the longest serving U.S. president and the only person elected president 4 times in 1932, 1936, 1940 and 1944.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt was an only child to his rich parents. His father was a prominent businessman and land owner. Theodore Roosevelt, who served as the 26th president of the United States, was his fifth cousin. His wife was also a distant cousin. Franklin married Theodore Roosevelt's niece, Eleanor Roosevelt, in 1905.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was 6 feet 8 inches tall. His famous nickname was FDR. He spearheaded the collaboration between the United States, Soviet Union and Britain during the Second World War. He also contributed to the development of a post-war peace organization that would become the United Nations.

Franklin contracted polio in 1921, at the age of 39. The disease affected his leg, but he fought it through swimming. He was the first president to have a personal airplane. He served the United States from March 1933 to April 12, 1945, when he died as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage. He died at the age of 63.

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