Eleanor Delano Roosevelt was the longest serving first lady in American history and arguably the most active. Even after her death, she is widely respected for her humanitarian work and often regarded as one of the most esteemed women in the world.
The wife of popular president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor was a strong personality who had her own public life and was very outspoken on humanitarian and racial issues as well as women’s rights. When her husband suffered paralysis from polio, she even made public appearances and speeches on his behalf.
Eleanor remained active in politics till her death and has been ranked by Gallup as one of the most admired personalities of the 20th Century.