Anna “Eleanor” Roosevelt’s (October 11, 1884 – 1962) road to the White House was full of heartbreak.
Born into a wealthy, high-society New York family, Roosevelt’s childhood was economically stable, but emotionally turbulent. Before her tenth birthday, both of her parents and a brother had passed away.
Ultimately, she was fostered by her maternal grandmother.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face,” she’s quoted as saying. “You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’”
In addition to being the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, Roosevelt also served as the United States’ first-ever representatives to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
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