The Most Influential People in the U.S. Essay

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The Most Influential People in the U.S.

So many people have made an impact on society and myself today. It is hard to decide who's influences have been the greatest and who has had the most impact all together. In selecting these unique people, I had to look at my own morals and values and ask myself what I encounter day by day. My everyday life basically consists of money, music, technology, and people, which has lead me to research individuals who made an impact on these aspects.
Our society has consisted of a great number of presidents who have changed the United States by helping our economy, but the one I feel who had the most influence was Franklin D. Roosevelt. F.D.R. was the 32nd president of the United States and
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His political career prolifically began as governor of New York and eventually excelled into the position of presidency of the United States.

In 1921, Roosevelt contracted Polio and was unable to walk without some assistance from the rest of his life. From thereafter, he mostly used a wheelchair. I believe F.D.R.'s energy and charismatic leadership he displayed earlier in his political career, made it impossible for many to understand what they saw. F.D.R. commented on his illness by stating, "Once I spent two years lying in bed, trying to move my big toe. That was the hardest job I ever had to do. After that, everything else seemed easy"(Busch 96). He went through countless hours of therapy to deal with his condition and went on to be inaugurated for president in 1933.
On March 4th, F.D.R. took the oath of office as the 32nd President. At this time, America was in the midst of the worst economic crisis in its history. The unemployment rate was one in four and banks were closing their doors. Herbert Hoover, F.D.R.'s predecessor, spent his entire presidency waiting for the economy to correct itself, but it never did. It was now left up to F.D.R. to do something about this crisis. He was not the type of man who waited for events to occur. He believed the nation could not stand by and watch the Great Depression deepen. F.D.R.'s response to this unprecedented…

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