Sara Ann Delano Roosevelt was the second wife of James Roosevelt I, the mother of President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt, her only child, and subsequently the mother-in-law of Eleanor Roosevelt. Delano grew up in Newburgh, New York, and spent three years in Hong Kong. She gave birth to Franklin in 1882, and was a devoted mother to him for the remainder of her life, including home schooling and living close by in adulthood. She had a complex relationship with her daughter-in-law Eleanor, which has led to media portrayals of her as a domineering and fearsome mother-in-law, though these are at odds with other views. She died in 1941, with her son, then the President, at her side.
|Born:||Sara Ann Delano, September 21, 1854, Newburgh, New York, U.S.|
|Died:||September 7, 1941, Hyde Park, New York, U.S.|
|Spouse(s):||James Roosevelt I, (m. 1880–1900, his death)|
|Children:||Franklin Delano Roosevelt|
|Parent(s):||Warren Delano Jr, Catherine Robbins Lyman|
|Relatives:||Frederic Adrian Delano II (brother), Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (granddaughter), James Roosevelt II (grandson), Elliott Roosevelt (grandson), Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr. (grandson), John Aspinwall Roosevelt II (grandson), Katharine St. George (niece)|
About Sara Roosevelt
This New York-born woman was the mother of thirty-second United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She voted for her son and only child in three separate presidential elections.
When she was eight years old, she sailed to Hong Kong with her mother and six of her siblings to join her father, an opium trader, in the Far East.
In 1934, New York’s Sara Delano Roosevelt Park was named in her honor.
The children of Catherine Robbins Lyman and Warren Delano, Jr., she and her eight surviving siblings grew up in Newburgh, New York. In 1880, she married businessman James Roosevelt I; Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born two years later.
She disliked her son’s wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, and often tried to intervene in the raising of the Roosevelts’ six children.
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