View images of the young FDR, his mother, Sara, and his young wife Eleanor. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945), was the 32nd President of the United States. He was born into an old, wealthy, New York family that traced its roots to the Revolutionary War. Roosevelt’s childhood was privileged and pampered. He was educated in the finest schools, had traveled broadly and frequently throughout Europe by the time he was 15. In spite of his privileged life, Roosevelt was a champion of working Americans. Roosevelt’s family would touch the lives of more Americans than any other family.