Governor Roosevelt and the Great Depression Governor Roosevelt, though, had a more immediate problem on his hands: the Great Depression. His mother died when he was The investor would later sell the stock, repay the broker or the bank, and pocket the profit.
Even though Franklin D. In New York, Governor Roosevelt reacted slowly at first, hoping, much like Hoover, that the economy would turn around. Europe's economic health, then, was built on a web of financial arrangements and hinged on a robust American economy.
Upon his return, Eleanor Roosevelt discovered that her husband had been romantically involved with her social secretary, Lucy Mercer.
By swimming nearly every day, Roosevelt could move in and out of his wheelchair as well as up stairs. In Smith became the Democratic candidate for president and arranged for Roosevelt's nomination to succeed him as governor of New York.
Roosevelt was narrowly elected, and the victory gave him confidence that his political star was rising. He also sought through neutrality legislation to keep the United States out of the war in Europe, yet at the same time to strengthen nations threatened or attacked.
He even mended fences with Tammany Hall to which Smith was affiliated and reached out to the local Democratic parties in the East, whose constituencies were largely urban, Catholic, and ethnic.
Start your free trial today. In the end, he decided he could do it. FDR won the race by over a thousand votes, the clear beneficiary of his own efforts and a split in the Republican Party between progressives and conservatives.