Friday, January 22, 2016

Philatelic Photograph: Franklin D. Roosevelt Home - Hyde Park, NY

Franklin D. Roosevelt Home
Hyde Park, NY

N 41° 46.031 W 073° 56.128

Short Description: 

The birthplace and home of the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt is located within a huge estate between Route 9 and the Hudson River in Hyde Park. NY

Long Description:

The Roosevelt family called this home Springwood. The central portion was originally a large Federal style farmhouse which was built around 1800. In 1845, the estate was purchased by New York City merchant Josiah Wheeler, who remodeled it into a 15 room house in the Italianate style. He adding a three-story tower at the south end as well as front and rear piazzas. James Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt's father, purchased the home in 1866 for $40,000.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was born here on January 30, 1882 and grew up in this house. After he married Eleanor Roosevelt the couple stayed here to live with Franklin's mother. During his life Roosevelt would use this home as a retreat. He once remarked "All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River." President Roosevelt died in office on April 12, 1945. He and his wife Eleanor are buried a short distance away from the house, on the estate, within the rose garden.

The stamp was issued by the United States as part of a series of four stamps issued from 1945 to 1946 commemorating the life of President Franklin D. Roosevelt,

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