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The Wars of the Roosevelts: The Ruthless Rise of America's Greatest Political Family

by William J. Mann,
Tulsa World, December 18, 2016

As a young man, Franklin Delano Roosevelt admitted, when pressed, that he was not one of “the Roosevelts.” Theodore Roosevelt was his fifth cousin — and, unlike the nation’s 26th president, Franklin was a Democrat. Nor did Franklin’s wife, Eleanor, the daughter of Teddy’s disgraced brother, Elliott, and anything but a “worshipful niece,” serve as a bridge between the two families.

 

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