Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, 11 Oct 1884 - 7 Nov 1962 Search this
Gelatin silver print
Image: 24.8 × 20 cm (9 3/4 × 7 7/8")
Sheet: 25.5 × 20.3 cm (10 1/16 × 8")
Mat: 55.9 × 40.7 cm (22 × 16")
United States\New York\Kings\New York
When Franklin D. Roosevelt took the presidential oath in March 1933, his wife Eleanor entered the White House declaring that she was "just going to be plain, ordinary Mrs. Roosevelt. And that's all." The promise was not long kept. Soon Eleanor Roosevelt was deeply engrossed in the politics of her husband's New Deal. Touring the nation's depression-ridden communities, she returned to Washington to promote federally sponsored planned communities. She made speeches and gave press conferences where she addressed such matters as child labor and sweatshops. Most important, she was her husband's conscience, urging him toward measures that he might otherwise have avoided in the name of expedience. As she herself put it after FDR's death, "I think I sometimes acted as a spur even though the spurring was not always welcome."