Roosevelt married Eleanor Roosevelthis fifth cousin and the niece of Theodore Roosevelt, on March 17, Democrats turned to FDR, a popular and successful two-term governor with a recognizable last name, to challenge President Hoover.
The election also saw the first public participation of Eleanor Roosevelt who, with the support of Louis Howeestablished herself as a valuable political ally.
His presidency—which spanned twelve years—was unparalleled, not only in length but in scope.
Finally, Tammany threw its backing behind James A. This won him the ire of party leaders but gained him national notoriety and valuable experience in political tactics and intrigue.
However, any hopes of keeping the United States out of war ended with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, FDR was roundly praised for his efforts and the leaders of the Democratic Party tabbed him as a Democrat to watch.
During this time, Roosevelt promoted the formation of the United Nations. Groton men excelled in athletics and Roosevelt did not.