August 27, 2019

In 1933, Roosevelt made history when he appointed Frances Perkins to his cabinet. She was selected as a secretary of labor and became the first woman to hold a cabinet post in a U.S. presidential administration. Perkins was useful in helping Roosevelt with many of his programs, including Social Security. As governor of New York,…

August 27, 2019

Roosevelt’s first try at winning a national office was a flop. In 1920, he won the Democratic nomination for vice president with the governor of Ohio, James M. Cox. They lost out to Republican Warren Harding and his running companion Calvin Coolidge. Their victory was a crucial one, with Harding taking roughly 60 percent of…

August 19, 2019

Love was a family affair for FDR. On March 17, 1905, he married his fifth cousin, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt. Eleanor was the niece of another of FDR’s distant relatives, President Theodore Roosevelt. President Roosevelt walked Eleanor down the aisle at her wedding to FDR, filling in for Eleanor’s late father.

August 19, 2019

FDR dropped out of law school. His undergraduate studies seemed to be a piece of cake for him. It only took him three years to get a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard. Roosevelt then enrolled at Columbia University’s school. In1907, FDR abandoned his legal studies after he passed his bar exam. He only practiced…

August 12, 2019

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the only child of James Roosevelt and Sara Delano, but he was not his father’s only child. Roosevelt’s father did have a much older son from his first marriage to Rebecca Brien Howland. Their son’s name was also James. FDR’s brother, nicknamed “Rosy,” was born in 1854. FDR’s mother was born…

August 12, 2019

Castro was presumably the most photographed cigar smoker in the world, other than perhaps Winston Churchill. Some of Fidel’s famous photographs show him with a cigar in hand. However, in 1985 the one-time cigar-chomping Castro gave up his fine Cuban cigars. Fidel will later tell his friends, “the best thing you can do with the…

August 12, 2019

When Fidel Castro first began thinking about overthrowing the corrupt Batista regime that controlled Cuba, he was more of a socialist than a communist. Fidel’s brother Raul had already embraced communism and had a lot of influence on his older brother. Once Fidel was in power, he effectively made Cuba in a socialist state with…

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