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How far was Roosevelt himself responsible for his Presidential victory in 1932?

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How far was Roosevelt himself responsible for his Presidential victory in 1932? Explain your answer. Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the 32nd President of the United States in 1932, one of the most important elections since 1860. He was the only president to be elected for four terms and only when he died in 1945, did FDRs career as President end. There were many reasons for his initial victory, his education, the influence of Louis Howe, Eleanor Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, but also his own personal qualities. In this essay, I will be evaluating each of these factors that may have aided his election victory. One of the main things that helped FDR to become President was his own character and personality. FDR was a naturally charismatic man you could appeal to the American public. ...read more.

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Whilst FDR was recovering from polio, Louis Howe also helped his wife Eleanor to pursue her own political career. One of the biggest contributors to FDR becoming President was the help of his wife Eleanor Roosevelt. Eleanor was his fifth cousin once removed and the favourite niece of Theodore Roosevelt, somebody who FDR looked up too as he had been President. Teddy Roosevelt would have certainly been more inclined to help FDR with his political career if he was married to a favourite relative. The marriage between FDR and Eleanor seemed to be a happy and loving one, but a few years into the marriage Eleanor discovered that he had been having an affair with a woman called Lucy Mercer. Eleanor was devastated, but agreed to stay with FDR as if she didn't, his reputation would be shattered, and his political career over. ...read more.

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FDR promised to a change in the way that America was run and that he would save America from the depression. FDR campaigned vigorously for the post of president. Hoover on the other hand, preferred not to campaign, much like the old presidents preferred not to campaign. FDR used the skills that Louis Howe had taught him to gain publicity and crucially, votes. Hoover was a very unpopular candidate, had he been popular, it would have been much less likely for FDR to be voted for by the public, meaning that he would never have become president at all. In conclusion, FDR became president because of a number of contributing factors. Without any one of these it could be argued that he would never have become president. The main or most important factor could have been his wife Eleanor. Without her support throughout the darkest years of his life, his reputation, and the reputation of the Roosevelt family would be shattered. ...read more.

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