Franklin D. Rooseveltby Barbara Silberdick Feinberg
Franklin D. Roosevelt, the only president to be elected to four terms, led the country through its two gravest periods of the 1900s-the Great Depression of the 1930s and World War II in the 1940s. In the 1930s, when millions of people were unemployed, banks were failing, and business was at a standstill, he sponsored sweeping legislation to provide jobs and assistance to individuals and to regulate banking and business. In 1940, Roosevelt was elected to a third term. He led the country into World War II in 1941, and was re-elected in 1944. He died in office soon after his fourth term began and only months before Allied forces brought the war to a victorious conclusion. Roosevelt revolutionized the federal government, expanding its responsibilities and powers. He was widely popular, but also attracted criticism for increasing the government's power and size.
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