2131 R St NW

Washington, DC

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (b. January 30, 1882;  April 12, 1945) was the 32nd President of the United States and the only president to be elected to four terms.  He took office in 1932 at the depths of the Great Depression, beating President Herbert Hoover with a campaign theme song declaring, "Happy Days are Here Again." During his years in office, Roosevelt initiated the nation's first welfare system under a program called the New Deal. He also led the U.S. allies during World Wars I and II, although Roosevelt, who had been stricken with polio at 39 and used a wheel chair, died just before the war officially ended, due to deteriorating health. Prior to serving as president, Roosevelt was Assistant Secretary of the Navy and lived at this row house at 2131 R St. NW in Kalorama with his wife Eleanor Roosevelt. It was here also that his extramarital affair with Lucy Mercer evolved.

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