History & Culture
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Franklin Roosevelt remains intimately connected to the National Park Service. During a speech in 1936, President Roosevelt noted the special quality of national parks by stating that "there is nothing so American." He captured the essential truth of the agency by declaring, "the fundamental idea behind the parks...is that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us."
Did You Know?
FDR and his wife Eleanor were not first cousins as some might think, but fifth cousins, once removed. They both shared the common ancestor, Nicholas Roosevelt, born in 1658. He was FDR’s great-great-great-great-grandfather and Eleanor’s great-great-great-great-great-grandfather.