1. For starters, young Franklin was an only child of very wealthy parents; he grew up on an estate in New York’s Hudson Valley.
2. And how was young Franklin related to President Theodore Roosevelt? It’s a bit complicated.
3. Young Franklin was also related to his own wife. Eleanor Roosevelt was Theodore Roosevelt’s brother’s daughter.
4. Young Franklin also reportedly had a hard time adjusting to school. He was taught at home on the family estate until the age of 14, when Franklin was sent to prep school at Groton.
5. The college student Roosevelt was average academically, but very, very active socially.
6. After a brief law career, Franklin entered politics as a Democrat. His famous relative, Teddy, and many other Roosevelts were Republicans.
7. In 1920, he ran as vice president on the unsuccessful Democratic ticket that featured James Cox as president.
8. After his vice presidential defeat, Roosevelt contracted what was diagnosed as polio in 1921 while on vacation in Canada.
9. In recent years, there are researchers who aren’t convinced that Roosevelt’s paralysis was caused by polio. A recent study appearing in the Journal of Medical Biography said the future president most likely suffered from Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
10. And finally, the Journal article points out by misdiagnosing Roosevelt’s condition as polio.