Do you remember Franklin Delano Roosevelt? As America’s 32nd president, FDR is well-known for courageously leading the nation through the Great Depression and World War II. Regarded as a prolific historical figure, FDR was one of the only presidents to ever serve three terms. Find out what really happened on the day that FDR received his third presidential nomination.

Roosevelt’s roots

On January 30, 1882, Roosevelt was born to a wealthy businessman and his wife in Hyde Park, New York. From 1911 to 1913, he was elected to serve as a senator for the state of New York. After his time as a senator, Roosevelt became the Navy’s assistant secretary from 1913 to 1920. In 1929, the ambitious politician was selected as the governor of the Big Apple, a position that he held until 1932. It was then that FDR first tried his hand at a presidential election. However, Roosevelt was beaten by his competitor Herbert Hoover.

The New Deal

When Roosevelt was first elected to the presidency on March 4, 1933, he enacted several important social programs for the United States. In fact, it was FDR’s idea to create the New Deal, a socioeconomic law that created jobs for people who were out of work during the Great Depression. After a successful first term, Roosevelt was reelected to the presidency when he crushed opponent Alf Landon in the 1936 election.

Second World War

The day was July 18, 1940, when Roosevelt received his third nomination for the presidency by the Democratic Party Convention in Chicago, Illinois. While some critiqued FDR’s choice to run for another term as president, Roosevelt persevered. In 1940, Roosevelt conquered his running mate Wendell Wilkie again, spending his third term leading the country to victory during World War II. On April 12, 1945, FDR passed away.