Raised by her socialite parents, Elliott and Anna Hall Roosevelt, to be concerned about the plight of the poor New Yorkers who lived not far from their upper class world, Eleanor Roosevelt was orphaned at age 12.  Her salvation was being sent to study with Mlle Souvestre in the Allenswood School outside of London.  Influenced by her schooling and her father’s family — Uncle Theodore Roosevelt, Aunts Bamie Cowles and Corinne Robinson — Eleanor joined the Junior League for Settlement House Work when she came back to New York for her 1902 debut. Picture Courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library.

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