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Join Sharon Historical Society Presentation on Eleanor Roosevelt

Written By Editor on 3/14/23 | 3/14/23

We’re hosting a new event, and we’d love to see you there. Join us for "Eleanor Roosevelt - First Lady and Humanitarian", on March 27, 2023 at 7:00 PM (New York Time).

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was the longest-serving First Lady throughout her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s four terms in office (1933-1945).  She was an American politician, diplomat, and activist who later served as a United Nations spokeswoman.

Eleanor was born into a prominent New York family on October 11, 1884, and attended a distinguished school in England, where she gained self-confidence.  She married her distant cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in 1905, and they had six children together.  Over the years, Eleanor became a trusted and tireless political helpmate to her husband.  She gained a knowledge of Washington and its ways while he served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy.

When Franklin fell ill with polio in 1921, she tended to him devotedly and became active in the women's division of the State Democratic Committee.  From that point on, she dedicated her life to his political purposes, becoming his eyes and ears and an essential reporter.

When Eleanor became the First Lady of the United States in 1933, she transformed the role of the First Lady. She held press conferences, traveled nationwide, gave lectures and radio broadcasts, and expressed her opinions candidly in a daily syndicated newspaper column.  Her tireless work ethic and understanding of social conditions made her an exceptional First Lady.

After Franklin's death in 1945, Eleanor continued her political career as America's first delegate to the newly created United Nations.  She became the chair of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights and worked to prevent future world wars while spearheading the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The General Assembly adopted it on Dec. 10, 1948, and its statement that "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights" is still considered a foundation of international human rights law. Eleanor continued her vigorous career until her strength began to wane in 1962.  She died in New York City that November and was buried at Hyde Park husband.  Her work as First Lady was noteworthy. Even so, after her tenure in the White House, she left behind an even bigger legacy.

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