The Most Influential People in the U.S.
So many people have made an impact on society and myself today. It is hard to decide who’s influences have been the greatest and who has had the most impact all together. In selecting these unique people, I had to look at my own morals and values and ask myself what I encounter day by day. My everyday life basically consists of money, music, technology, and people, which has lead me to research individuals who made an impact on these aspects.
Our society has consisted of a great number of presidents who have changed the United States by helping our economy, but the one I feel who had the most influence was Franklin D. Roosevelt.F.D.R. was the 32nd president of the United States and remained in office for twelve years. He was born on January 30, 1882, at the family estate in Hyde Park, New York. His early education was by governesses and tutors, which caused him to have little contact with children his age. F.D.R. traveled frequently to Europe with his parents, lived in New York City during the winter months, and spent summers at their home on the Canadian Island of Campobello. At the age of 14, he attended a boarding school. Between 1900-1904, F.D.R. attended Harvard and attained a degree in business. While at Harvard, he fell in love with his 2nd cousin, Eleanor Roosevelt and got married in 1905. He then attended law school at Columbia, until he quit in the spring of 1907. However, he later passed the New York state bar examination and took a job at a prominent Wall Street law firm. For the first time in his life he came into contact with attorneys who represented the working poor. By 1910, he was 28 years old and beginning to feel very restless in his life.He then began to ponder the thought of becoming president of the United States. F.D.R.’s name and family connections gave him an instant advantage when he entered the nation’s political arena in 1910. His political career prolifically began as governor of New York and eventually excelled into the position of presidency of the United States.
In 1921, Roosevelt contracted Polio and was unable to walk without some assistance from the rest of his life. From thereafter, he mostly used a wheelchair. I believe F.D.R.’s energy and charismatic leadership he displayed earlier in his political career, made it impossible for many to understand what they saw. F.D.R. commented on his illness by stating, “Once I spent two years lying in bed, trying to move my big toe. That was the hardest job I ever had to do. After that, everything else seemed easy”(Busch 96). He went through countless hours of therapy to deal with his condition and went on to be inaugurated for president in 1933.
On March 4th, F.D.R. took the oath of office as the 32nd President. At this time, America was in the midst of the worst economic crisis in its history. The unemployment rate was one in four and banks were closing their doors. Herbert Hoover, F.D.R.’s predecessor, spent his entire presidency waiting for the economy to correct itself, but it never did. It was now left up to F.D.R. to do something about this crisis. He was not the type of man who waited for events to occur. He believed the nation could not stand by and watch the Great Depression deepen. F.D.R.’s response to this unprecedented crisis was to initiate the New Deal. The New Deal was a series of economic measures designed to alleviate the worst effects of the economy’s recession, and restore the confidence of the American people in their banks and other key institutions. The ultimate goals of the New Deal were relief, reform, and recovery. Today, F.D.R.’s first “Hindered Days” in office had become an American political legend that is used to measure each new president.
F.D.R. passed the Banking Act of 1933, which reassured the nation that the newly established Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) would keep their banking deposits safe. The early New Deal legislation also passed programs such as the Federal Emergency Relief Administration