Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945), thirty-second President of the United States, was born before the advent of modern medical science. Elected president in 1932, he led the country through the Great Depression and World War II. His most famous saying was, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
While enduring the stresses of "the world's most demanding job," FDR also suffered from serious medical conditions. He was struck by polio in the summer of 1921, at age 39. A heavy smoker, he also had high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries. He died of a stroke on April 12, 1945 at the age of 63.
Thanks to the country's continuing commitment to long-term medical research and scientific advancement, the ills, which afflicted Roosevelt, are either gone or can be controlled.