Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1882-1945, 32nd President of the United States (Democrat, NY), WWII decision when the army wanted to use part of Yosemite National Park as a bombing range and many protested that it would exterminate the rare trumpeter swan which had almost gone extinct years earlier when the Federal park authorities saved and increased the breed
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt, often referred to by his initials FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. A Democrat, he won a record four presidential elections and became a central figure in world events during the first half of the 20th century. Roosevelt directed the federal government during most of the Great Depression, implementing his New Deal domestic agenda in response to the worst economic crisis in U.S. history. As a dominant leader of his party, he built the New Deal Coalition, which realigned American politics into the Fifth Party System and defined American liberalism throughout the middle third of the 20th century. His third and fourth terms were dominated by World War II. He is often rated by scholars as one of the three greatest U.S. presidents, along with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.