A 2013 - 2014 original C-SPAN feature series telling the stories of America's First Ladies - from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama -
through conversations with top experts, video tours of historic sites, and questions from C-SPAN's audience.

America's First Ladies — from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama
Eleanor Roosevelt
First Lady: 1933 - 1945
Click the list to watch videos

Biography

Eleanor Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
As life developed, I faced each problem as it came along. As my activities and work broadened and reached out, I never tried to shirk. I tried never to evade an issue. When I found I had something to do—I just did it.

Born - October 11, 1884 in New York, New York

Parents - Elliott Roosevelt & Anna Livingston Hall Roosevelt

Married - March 17, 1905 to Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Children - Anna Eleanor (1906 – 1975),
James (1907 – 1991),
Franklin (1909),
Elliott (1910 – 1990),
Franklin Delano, Jr. (1914 – 1988),
John Aspinwall (1916 – 1981)

Education - Allenwood School in London, England

Occupation - social worker

Firsts - 1st First Lady to host a weekly radio show. 1st First Lady to hold a press conference in the White House to women reporters only.

Post White House residence - New York City

Causes - After the White House, she served as United States delegate to the United Nations General Assembly and later the head of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights

Died - November 7, 1962 in New York, New York

Click here to see full bio of Eleanor Roosevelt

 
Did You Know Icon Did You Know...
  • Mrs. Roosevelt was active in the women’s division of the State Democratic Committee.
  • Mrs. Roosevelt wrote a daily syndicated newspaper column called, “My Day.”
  • Eleanor Roosevelt was the 1st First Lady to host a weekly radio show.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt was the 1st First Lady to hold a press conference in the White House to women reporters only.

First Ladies Book

Welcome to the White House