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.