Writers

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Eleanor Roosevelt

One time first lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), was in kinship care as a child. Eleanor's mother died in 1892 and her father in 1894. Thereafter, Eleanor was in the care of her maternal grandmother who sent Eleanor to a boarding school in England when the girl was 15. Eleanor married Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a cousin, in 1905. For 12 years she took care of her husband and 5 children, but after her husband became ill with polio, Eleanor became more active in public life. As first lady from 1933 to 1945, she was influential in improving the lives of women. After her husband died in 1945, Eleanor Roosevelt continued in public life. She was appointed to the United Nations by President Truman and she was influential in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Eleanor Roosevelt was a prolific writer, writing about civil rights in the 1930s and publishing 28 books from 1932.