Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York city, October 11, 1884. Both of her parents died when she was 10 and went on to live with relatives. When she was 15 Eleanor was enrolled in Allenswood girls' boarding school outside of London.
The headmistress at school, Marie Souvestre, had many intellectual curiosities on practically everything except sports that inspired Eleanor as a young girl.
"What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?"
Eleanor returned to New York in 1902 and got involved with the settlement house movement. Three years later she married Franklin Roosevelt.
Teaching immigrant children has taught me that you can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.
In 1911, FDR was elected to the New York State Senate and moved to Albany. Two years later FDR entered Woodrow Wilson's administration and so the family moved to Washington, DC.
I'm sorry, I just feel a little uncomfortable with this whole political scene...
I know, I'm sorry, I think you should find a cause to volunteer with to fill your time.
I remember I was in love once...until...
Eleanor worked with the Red Cross during WWI. This was a big step for her in the "political scene".
She's so nice, I wouldn't have thought someone like the First Lady would never want to get so involved with soldiers.