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Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr; and Franklin D. Roosevelt III, 1962
Born August 17, 1914(1914-08-17)
Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada
Died August 17, 1988 (aged 74)
Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
Occupation Politician, Business, Government official
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ethel du Pont (1916-1965)
(2 children)
Suzanne Perrin (2 children)
Felicia Schiff Warburg Sarnoff
Patricia Luisa Oakes (1 child)
Linda McKay Stevenson Weicker
Children Franklin Delano Roosevelt III
Christopher du Pont Roosevelt
John Roosevelt
Nancy Suzanne Ireland
Laura Roosevelt
Parents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. (August 17, 1914 – August 17, 1988) was the fifth child of Anna Eleanor Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt (the 32nd President of the United States).


Personal life

He was born at his parents' summer home at Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada -- now a historic site. An elder brother who had possessed the same name had died in infancy in November 1909 having lived only seven months.

As a young man in 1936, he contracted a streptococcal throat infection and developed life-threatening complications. His successful treatment with Prontosil, the first commercially available sulfonamide drug, avoided a risky surgical procedure which the White House medical staff had considered, and the subsequent headlines in the New York Times and other prominent newspapers heralded the start of the era of antibacterial chemotherapy in the United States.[1],

He had five marriages, including one to Ethel du Pont (1916-1965) of the du Pont family of industrialists. Their marriage produced two sons, Franklin Delano Roosevelt III (b. 1938) and Christopher du Pont Roosevelt (b. 1941). The couple separated and formally divorced in 1949. In total, he had 5 children from his several marriages.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. died in Poughkeepsie, New York after a battle with lung cancer, on his 74th birthday, August 17, 1988.

Education, career and political affiliations

He was a Naval officer in World War II and was decorated for bravery in the battle of Casablanca.

He graduated from Harvard University in 1937, and from University of Virginia School of Law in June 1940. During his graduation, his father, Franklin D. Roosevelt gave what is known as the "Stab in the Back" Speech, criticizing Italy's entry into the war.

Roosevelt Jr. served as a member of the United States Congress, representing the 20th District of New York from 1949 to 1955. In 1949 he won a special election running as a candidate of the Liberal Party of New York, and later ran on the Democratic ticket as well.

He sought the Democratic nomination for Governor in 1954, but was nominated by the Democratic State Convention to run for New York State Attorney General. Roosevelt was defeated in the general election by Republican Jacob K. Javits, although all other Democratic nominees were elected.

He campaigned for John F. Kennedy in the 1960 West Virginia primary, and Kennedy later named him Under-Secretary of Commerce and chairman of the President's Appalachian Regional Commission.

He ran for Governor of New York on the Liberal Party ticket in 1966, but was defeated by the incumbent Republican Nelson A. Rockefeller.

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He served as chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from May 26, 1965, to May 11, 1966.

He was senior partner in the New York law firm of Roosevelt and Freiden before and after his service in the Congress.

He also ran a small cattle farm, and imported Fiat automobiles.

See also


  1. ^ Medicine: Prontosil, TIME Magazine, December 28, 1936
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Sol Bloom
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 20th congressional district

Succeeded by
Irwin D. Davidson
Government offices
New title Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Succeeded by
Stephen N. Shulman
Party political offices
Preceded by
Francis D'Amanda
Democratic Nominee for New York State Attorney General
Succeeded by
Peter Crotty
Preceded by
Robert Morgenthau
Liberal Nominee for Governor of New York
Succeeded by
Arthur Goldberg


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