Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt


10/11/1884, New YorkCity, New York , United States of America



Birth Name

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt


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Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, or more commonly known as Eleanor Roosevelt, was the wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States who served a record four terms in office during World War II. But she did'nt, unlike many other First Ladys, live in her influential…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Eleanor Roosevelt and her husband, Franklin Roosevelt, had six children, all of whom are deceased. They were: the first Franklin Delano, Jr. (born 1909), Anna Eleanor (born 1975), John (born 1981), Franklin Delano, Jr. (born 1988), Elliott (born 1990), and James (born 1991).

    • Eleanor was a United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly, from December 31, 1946 – December 31, 1952, the President and Chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, from 1946 - 1952, and the Chair of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, from 1961 - 1962.

    • In a Harris Poll of 2,747 U.S. adults, 33% said that Eleanor would be viewed as the best First Lady in history.

      Eleanor was second in the category of who best represented the United States with the rest of the world , behind Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, wife of John.F.Kennedy.

      Eleanor came first again in the category of who was the best role model for women in America, followed by Laura Bush. She also came second in who was taught the most intelligent, behind Hilary Clinton, wife of Bill Clinton.

    • Eleanor was a member of the Episcopalian Church.

    • Eleanor was ranked No.1 for 15 consecutive years as the "World's Most Popular Woman" from 1946 until 1961.

    • According to Gallup magazine, Eleanor is the ninth most admired person in the 20th century.

    • Eleanor was born on the same day as Friedrich Bergus, a Nobel Prize winner.

    • Eleanor died on November 7 1962, the same day in 1944 in which her husband Franklin.D.Roosevelt won a record fourth term as President of the United States.

    • Eleanor chaired the committee that drafted and approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    • India has issued a postage stamp in Eleanor's honor.

    • Eleanor is the only First Lady to be the wife of one U.S. President and the niece of another.

    • Eleanor received a total of 35 honorary degrees during her life. Her first was a Doctor of Humane Letters which she received on June 13, 1929 from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. Her last was a Doctor of Law degree granted by what is now Clark Atlanta University in June 1962.

    • In 1968, Eleanor was awarded one of the United Nations Human Rights Prizes.

    • Eleanor is believed to be the tallest of all First Ladies; she was six feet tall.

    • Eleanor had two siblings; Elliot Jr. (1889-1893), and Hall Roosevelt (1891-1941).

  • Quotes

    • Eleanor: It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.

    • Eleanor: You get more joy out of the giving to others, and should put a good deal of thought into the happiness you are able to give.

    • Eleanor: I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.

    • Eleanor: The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

    • Eleanor: Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.

    • Eleanor: I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.

    • Eleanor: (speaking of her love for the house and now a National Historic Site that she called "Val-Kill") The greatest thing I have learned is how good it is to come home again.

    • Eleanor: It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.

    • Eleanor: One of the best ways of enslaving a people is to keep them from education... The second way of enslaving a people is to suppress the sources of information, not only by burning books but by controlling all the other ways in which ideas are transmitted.

    • Eleanor: At all times, day by day, we have to continue fighting for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom from want — for these are things that must be gained in peace as well as in war.

    • Eleanor: The most important thing in any relationship is not what you get but what you give.

    • Eleanor: Up to a certain point, it is good for us to know that there are people in the world who will give us love and unquestioned loyalty to the limit of their ability. I doubt, however, if it is good for us to feel assured of this without the accompanying obligation of having to justify this devotion by our behavior.

    • Eleanor: One of the blessings of age is to learn not to part on a note of sharpness, to treasure the moments spent with those we love, and to make them whenever possible good to remember, for time is short.

    • Eleanor: No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

    • Eleanor: It takes courage to love, but pain through love is the purifying fire which those who love generously know. We all know people who are so much afraid of pain that they shut themselves up like clams in a shell and, giving out nothing, receive nothing and therefore shrink until life is a mere living death.