Eleanor Roosevelt was the First Lady of the United States and wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt the U.S. president from 1933 to 1945. She was the longest serving First Lady of the United States. Though widely respected in her later years, Roosevelt was a controversial First Lady at the time for her outspokenness, particularly on civil rights for African-Americans. On a few occasions, she publicly disagreed with her husband’s policies.
She is best known for her roles for women in the workplace, the civil rights of African Americans and Asian Americans, and the rights of World War II refugees. After her husband’s death she remain political figure for 17 years.
By the time of her death, Roosevelt was regarded as “one of the most esteemed women in the world”; The New York Times called her “the object of almost universal respect” in an obituary.