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Franklin Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a career politician who became the 32nd president of the United States in 1932. The only man to be elected president for four consecutive terms, Roosevelt held the office through much of the Great Depression and World War II. His overt and covert assistance to Great Britain, through programs such as Lend-Lease, kept the island nation fighting against Nazi Germany during a crucial period from 1939 to 1941. Following the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt asked Congress for a declaration of war against Japan. Germany declared war on the United States four days later. Afflicted by polio during the 1920s, Roosevelt was paralyzed from the waist down for the remainder of his life. He died in office on April 12, 1945, at the age of 63 and was succeeded by Vice President Harry S. Truman.

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