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As a boy, Roosevelt visited president Grover Cleveland who told him never to become president.

Roosevelt was the first president to appear on television.

There was an assassination attempt on Roosevelt in February of1933. Roosevelt was unharmed, but Anton Cermak, mayor of Chicago, was killed.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was in office longer than any other president. He served three consecutive terms and died during his fourth.

His Secretary of State Cordell Hull won a Nobel Peace Prize.

Roosevelt's mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt, never entrusted her son with managing the family's money because she didn't think he was up to the task. Even though Roosevelt had presided over at least eight annual budgets of the largest fiscal entity on earth.

He was the first president to have a presidential aircraft.

All five of his children have been divorced.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was a fifth cousin once removed of his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, and a seventh cousin once removed of Winston Churchill.

Roosevelt's favorite food was fried cornmeal mush.

He was the first president whose mother was eligible to vote for him.

Roosevelt had a dog named "Fala" who was with him all the time. He also had a German sheperd named "Major" that was famous for biting several politicians.

Roosevelt was related by either blood or marriage to eleven other Presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Ulysses Grant, William Henry Harrison, Benjamin Harrison, James Madison, Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, Zachary Taylor, Martin Van Buren and George Washington.

Franklin D. Roosevelt's favorite sport was swimming.

Roosevelt's birthday is a legal holiday in the Virgin Islands.

Half a century ago, the American destroyer USS William D. Porter accidentally fired a live torpedo at the battleship USS Iowa during a practice exercise on Nov.14, 1943. As if this weren't bad enough, the Iowa was carrying President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Secretary of State Cordell Hull and all of the country's World War II military brass to 'the big three' conferences in Cairo and Tehran. Fortunately, the W.D. Porter's warning allowed the Iowa to evade the speeding torpedo which exploded in the wake of the Iowa.

He was named after a great-uncle, Franklin Hughes Delano.

He was the only President to be inaugurated twice on a Saturday

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