Franklin Delano Roosevelt Monument, Washington, D. C.

Stricken by polio at 39 and permanently paralyzed from waist down, physical handicap did not stop FDR. Disability did not conquer him. Instead he met life with courage, determination, and perseverance.

Roosevelt’s creed, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” helped him lead America from Great Depression through WWII’s dark times. He is the only president ever elected not once or twice but four times.

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