“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
Born on October 11, 1884, Eleanor Roosevelt lost both of her parents by age 10. At 21, she married her fifth cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt. At 49, she became first lady.
As the longest-serving first lady in U.S. history (12 years), she had many notable accomplishments – including being the first to hold her own White House press conferences. She also wrote a daily column for the American people for 27 years.
Eleanor Roosevelt’s White House biography
General facts and figures: wrote column for 27 years
by Jenna Lee,