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        FDR Enters Politics | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        View images of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) throughout his political career, eventually becoming the 32nd President of the United States. Franklin Delano Roosevelt began his political career with a run for the NY State Senate in 1910. He would serve two terms as senator. He was appointed Secretary of the Navy under Woodrow Wilson. He was nominated vice president by the Democratic National Committee on the 1920 presidential ticket beside Ohio Governor James Cox, but lost. He would serve one term as governor of New York until 1932, when he won a landslide victory in the presidential election.

        Franklin Roosevelt, with His Wife Eleanor, Campaigns for the New York Senate, 1910 | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        Franklin D. Roosevelt campaigns with his wife Eleanor for a seat in the New York State Senate, 1910. Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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        FDR Campaigns for the New York Senate with His Wife, Eleanor, 1910 | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        New York State Senate candidate Franklin Delano Roosevelt campaigns with his wife Eleanor, 1910. Source: Culver Pictures.

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        Franklin D. Roosevelt Campaign Ad for State Senator | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        A newspaper advertisement for the campaign of Franklin D. Roosevelt for the New York State Senate.

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        Franklin Delano Roosevelt as NY State Senator, 1912 | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        Franklin Delano Roosevelt as New York State Senator, July 15, 1912. Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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        Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, and W.H. Van Benschoten, 1915 | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        A young Franklin D. Roosevelt (R) with Theodore Roosevelt (L) and defense attorney W. H. Van Benschoten during an ultimately unsuccessful libel case against TR by New York Republican political "boss" William Barnes, May 1915. Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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        Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1916 | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1916. Credit: Franklink D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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        Vice-Presidential Candidate Franklin Roosevelt and His Wife, Eleanor, 1920 | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        Vice-presidential candidate Franklin Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor in 1920. Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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        Newspaper Story about FDR Contracting Polio, 1921 | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        Portion of New York Times article about Franklin D. Roosevelt's illness from poliomyelitis, September 16, 1921. [Title reads: "F. D. Roosevelt Ill of Poliomyelitis; Bought on Special Car From Campbello, Bay of Fundy, to Hospital Here."]

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        Franklin Roosevelt Nominates Al Smith, 1924 | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        Leaning on his crutches, Franklin D. Roosevelt nominates Al Smith at the Democratic National Convention at Madison Square Garden, 1924. Credit: Roosevelt's Little White House State Historic Site.

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        NY Governor Franklin Roosevelt Reading Election Returns, 1930 | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        NY Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt in his Hotel Biltmore suite reading the latest election returns in an afternoon paper, November 05, 1930. [His leg braces, rarely shown, can be seen around his ankles. Headline says "Roosevelt wins by 735,000."] Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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        Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Entering the NY Gubernatorial Inaugural Ball, 1931 | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        Eleanor Roosevelt, Anna Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Curtis Dall pictured upon entering the Gubernatorial Inaugural Ball in Albany, New York, January 1, 1931. Photo credit: Earl Miller. Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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        New York Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1932 | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        New York Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1932. Credit: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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