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SAR Compatriot Presidents of the United States

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to four terms as the American chief executive, serving from 1935 until 1945 and longer than any other president. He was born at Hyde Park, New York, on January 30, 1882. Roosevelt was president during the Great Depression and most of World War II.

Franklin Roosevelt’s SAR Revolutionary War ancestor was Isaac Roosevelt, who served as a private in the 6th Regiment, Dutchess County Militia, New York Troops.

On June 14, 1931, Roosevelt, then governor of New York, attended the SAR Flag Day Descendants Day ceremonies on the village green adjoining St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in the quaint village of Eastchester, New York. Many SAR members, along with the Color Guard of the New York Chapter of the Empire State SAR, attended. Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ancestor was an original pew holder and vestryman of this church. The church’s bell, prayer book, Bible, and chalice had been secretly buried during the Revolutionary War. The bell hangs in the belfry today, and the books and chalice are displayed on special occasions.

On April 20, 1933, SAR President General Frederick W. Millspaugh and General Fries called at the White House to inform President Roosevelt that his SAR membership had been approved. Two of President Roosevelt’s sons joined the SAR as well: Colonel James Roosevelt and Congressman Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr.

One month prior to the surrender of Germany, and less than three months after being elected to his fourth presidential term, President Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage at Warm Springs, Georgia, on April 12, 1945, at the age of sixty-three. Roosevelt is buried at the family home at Hyde Park, New York.

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