Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s mother, Sara, died on September 7, 1941, two weeks before her 87th, birthday. With the president at her side for her last minutes, Sara would leave with FDR fifty-nine years of her presence, wisdom, and discipline. Sara was one of the many influential women on Roosevelt’s life; but she was also one of the most controlling people in his life. At a young age, Sara Delano would schedule FDR’s entire life to the minute. She criticized every woman FDR would engage a relationship with, every decision he made, and every minute he was not at her side. Above it all, however, she was always prepared to say something positive about her only child. Her influence on FDR led to the blossoming of his social outlook and his overall character that got his name on the Democratic ballot for the presidency in 1932. Her legacy is as important as FDR’s. If it were not for her, President Roosevelt may not have had such an inspiring career in U.S. politics as we know him for today.
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