In Office: 1933-1945
Franklin D. Roosevelt is remembered by many for his role as leader of the country throughout much of the Great Depression and through the Second World War. He served an unprecedented four terms in office, ending only with his death in 1945. Throughout his political career, he championed the cause of social programs that could help better the nation.
Notably, his New Deal programs are thought to have been a major factor in helping pull America out of the Great Depression. For his own part, Roosevelt’s money came thanks to his wealthy family. His ancestors moved to the New Amsterdam region in the 17th Century and were accomplished and wealthy landowners and merchants.