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ROOSEVELT, Franklin Delano: Original Memorial at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 April 12, 1945), often referred to by his initials FDR, was the thirty-second President of the United States. Elected to four terms in office, he served from 1933 to 1945, and is the only U.S. president to have served more than two terms. A central figure of the 20th century during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war, he has consistently been ranked as one of the three greatest U.S. presidents in scholarly surveys.

During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Roosevelt created the New Deal to provide relief for the unemployed, recovery of the economy, and reform of the economic and banking systems. Although recovery of the economy was incomplete until almost 1940, many programs initiated in the Roosevelt administration continue to have instrumental roles in the nation's commerce, such as the FDIC, TVA, and the SEC. One of his most important legacies is the Social Security system. Source: Wikipedia



In memory of
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
1882 - 1945


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With the National Archives in the background.

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In September 1941 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called his frind, Supreme Court Justice Frankfurter, to the White House and asked the Justice to remember the wish he then expressed:

"If any memorial is erected to me, I know exactly what I should like it to be. I should like it to consist of a block about the size of this (putting his hand on his desk) and placed in the center of that green plot in front of the Archives Building. I don't care what it is made of, whether limestone or granite or whatnot, but I want it plain without any ornamentation, with the simple carving, 'In Memory of ____'."

A small group of living associates of the President, on April 12, 1965, the twentieth anniversary of his death, fulfilled his wish by providing and dedicating this modest memorial.


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Related subjects:
US Presidents; World War II; Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Location: Pennsylvania Ave. & 9th St NW (In front of National Archives) Washington, D.C.

Nearest Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial - Penn Quarter (Yellow - Green) (click station name for all sculptures nearby)
Smithsonian American Art Museum's Art Inventories Catalog: Control number 56940004 (dcMem ID #582 )

Links & other sources
The Names of Washington D.C. (p131)
Wikipedia article on Roosevelt
NPS.gov List of Classified Structures Roosevelt stone
Archives.gov on the FDR's "Day of Infamy" speech

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