Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt held the office of president longer than anyone, more than twelve years. Under his direction, the United States endured two of its most significant and overwhelming crises, the Great Depression and World War II.
The nation had grown used to Roosevelt's leadership and was comforted by his presence, thanks in part to the strategic use of radio and his "fireside chats." So when Roosevelt died suddenly at Warm Springs, Georgia, on April 12, 1945, Americans were devastated.
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