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From Assistant Secretary to President

August 31, 2016

When Woodrow Wilson became President of the United States, he appointed Franklin Roosevelt as Assistant Secretary of the Navy.  This was the same office Roosevelt’s fifth cousin had held in the first McKinley Administration.  Teddy Roosevelt resigned that office to lead the Rough Riders up Kettle Hill during the Spanish American War.  Franklin Roosevelt tried to resign in order to enlist in the armed services during World War I, but Wilson protested that he needed him to remain in office.

After serving as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Colonel of Volunteers, and Governor of New York, Theodore Roosevelt was nominated for Vice President in 1900.  He won with McKinley at the top of the ticket.  After serving as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Franklin Roosevelt was nominated for Vice President in 1920.  Wilson was not on the ticket, but the people were so upset with Wilson they voted against the Democrats that year.  Franklin Roosevelt would never join the military.  He was stricken with polio the following year.

Theodore Roosevelt became President when McKinley was assassinated in 1901.  He was re-elected in 1904.  Franklin Roosevelt became Governor of New York in 1929 and President of the United States in 1933.  He was re-elected in 1936, 1940, and 1944.

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