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Often referred to by his initials, FDR Franklin Roosevelt was an American politician who served as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. A member of the Democratic Party, he won a record four presidential elections and became a central figure in world events during the first half of the 20th century. Roosevelt directed the federal government during most of the Great Depression, implementing his New Deal domestic agenda in response to the worst economic crisis in U.S. history. As a dominant leader of his party, he built the New Deal Coalition, which defined modern liberalism in the United States throughout the middle third of the 20th century. His third and fourth term were dominated by World War II, which ended shortly after he died in office. My dad was a liberal democrat and admired FDR and voted for him in the four elections in which he ran.

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