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Roosevelt's political career in years to 1932 Roosevelt was a member of the Democratic Party and he first entered politics in 1910. This happened when the leaders of the Democratic Party in New York asked him to be their candidate for the State Senator. Roosevelt accepted the application and set off on a huge campaign which included touring the area in a red hire car named "The Red Peril". He was very dedicated and often did up to 20 speeches in one day. For many years the election in which he was running had been won by the Republicans, but to the surprise of both his opponents and his supporters he won the election. In 1911 Roosevelt took his place in the New York Senate. He definitely knew what he wanted to do as was very strong willed. Within weeks of being elected he was rebelling against the leaders of the Democratic Party in New York, which was controlled by a group of professional politicians who were known as "The men on Tammany Hall". ...read more.


In his speeches, Roosevelt continued to attack Tammany Hall, saying that they needed to be "plucked out". The bosses realised that Roosevelt was not just a rich man playing at politics but a fighter who was willing to go to any length to stand up for what he thought was right. When the national convention of the Democratic Party met to choose candidates for the presidential election, James M. Cox was chosen as the presidential candidate and Roosevelt was chosen as vice-president. They both wanted to the USA to be part of League of Nations. They were, however defeated, and the USA membership in the League of Nations was now just a dream. In 1921 he was struck down by polio. Before becoming ill he was very active and he swam, rode and played golf, but when he was ill he could no longer do anything other than lie in bed and think. Lying there he "grew bigger day by day". His illness helped teach him understanding, patience and persistence. His recovery gained him great respect and admiration. ...read more.


Roosevelt managed to convince the State Legislature to allow him to spend twenty million dollars to help the unemployed. New York was the first state to spend public money in this way. Roosevelt was nominated for president in the elections due to take place in 1932 although his party thought he was too involved in the problems of the poor. Rumours were spread around that Roosevelt was very ill and that he would not be in good enough health to cope with the strain of being president. When the time came to vote him in to the elections he did not get the two thirds of the votes needed, but though having many meetings he managed to get enough votes to be in the election and he finally got accepted for the Democratic Party's candidate for president. He accepted the nomination and set off on a huge election campaign. Altogether Roosevelt travelled over 20,000 miles during his campaign for president making speeches wherever he went. By November 1932 he was elected in with the largest number of votes in the country's history - 42 of the 48 states had voted him in. ...read more.

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