Eleanor Roosevelt : An American Politician Essay

821 Words Dec 4th, 2015 4 Pages
Eleanor Roosevelt was much more than just the niece of President Theodore Roosevelt and first lady to Franklin Roosevelt. She was an American politician, diplomat, writer, humanitarian and activist. (u-s-history.com) According to pbs.org “For more than 30 years, she was the most powerful woman in America.” She was always very active with the people of America, and they loved her. She was described as “one of the most outspoken women in the White House.” What she is most known for is her role in women’s rights.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York, New York October 17th, 1884. (biography.com) She was born into one of the most prominent families in the country. She grew up in a very privileged life. Even so, it started out tough. When she was either years old, her mother passed away, two years later, her father followed. (pbs.org) By the time she was ten years old, she was an orphan. At age fourteen, she was sent to a boarding school, Allenwood Academy in London where she met headmistress Marie Souvestre, a radical feminist. (pbs.org) Souvestre greatly influenced her.This experience helped her overcome her shyness.
After returning to the United States in 1905, she married her fifth cousin once removed, Franklin D. Roosevelt. (wikipedia.org) The complications in their marriage began almost immediately. Because her father died years before, Theodore Roosevelt gave her away. It started with Franklin’s mother, Sara, who despised the relationship from the very beginning and…

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