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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 Campaigns with His Wife, Eleanor | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, and others, campaigning for the New York State Senate in Dutchess County, New York.

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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, in 1916. Credit: Franklink D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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        President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in North Dakota | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        President Franklin Delano Roosevelt greets drought-striken farmers in North Dakota, 1936. Credit: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.

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        FDR Campaigns with His Wife | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

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

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

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

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        Governor Franklin Roosevelt Reading a Newspaper | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        In 1930, Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt, New York, reads a newspaper headline: "Roosevelt wins by 735,000." Credit: 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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        Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1912 | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        Franklin Delano Roosevelt | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

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

        Franklin Roosevelt with Theodore Roosevelt and W.H. Van Benschoten at the William Barnes libel trial on May 4, 1915.

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        Franklin Roosevelt Nominates Al Smith | 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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        Untitled Image of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt | Ken Burns: The Roosevelts

        Untitled image of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

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