About this Famous Person
First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945
Source : Tim DOWLING
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born at 56 West 37th Street in New York City, the daughter of Elliott Bulloch Roosevelt and Anna Rebecca Hall. From an early age, she preferred to be called by her middle name (Eleanor). Eleanor was the paternal niece of President Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt, Jr.. She acted in such an old-fashioned manner as a child that her mother nicknamed her "Granny".
Eleanor had two younger brothers: Elliott Bulloch Roosevelt, Jr. (1889–1893) and Gracie Hall Roosevelt (1891–1941). She also had a half brother, Elliott Roosevelt Mann (died 1941), who was born to Katy Mann, a servant employed by the family. Roosevelt was born into a world of immense wealth and privilege, as her family was part of New York high society called the "swells". She was the niece of President Theodore Roosevelt.
Her mother died from diphtheria on December 7, 1892, and Elliott Jr. later died of the same disease. Her father, an alcoholic confined to a sanitarium, died on August 14, 1894 when he tried to jump from a window during a fit of delirium tremens. (In 1941, her brother Hall, the only remaining member of her birth family, would also die from alcohol-related causes.) Eleanor's childhood losses left her prone to depression throughout her life.