Wednesday, November 7, 2012

On November 7

On this day in ...
... 1962 (50 years ago today), Eleanor Roosevelt died at her home in New York, 78 years and a couple weeks after she'd been born Anna Eleanor Roosevelt in the same city. Her Uncle Teddy would become President of the United States by the time of her 17th birthday; 4 years later, on March 17, 1905, he would escort her down the aisle to marry her distant cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who would be elected President in 1933, so that Eleanor served as U.S. 1st Lady till her husband's death in office in 1945. (credit for photo of ER's White House portrait) As posted about our foremother, ER's impact went beyond the White House, encompassing the United Nations and national and global society. Thus began her New York Times obituary:
'Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt was more involved in the minds and hearts and aspirations of people than any other First Lady in history. By the end of her life she was one of the most esteemed women in the world. ...
'Again and again, she was voted "the world's most admired woman" in international polls. When she entered the halls of the United Nations, representatives from all countries rose to honor her. She had become not only the wife and widow of a towering President but a noble personality in herself.'

(Prior November 7 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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