Franklin Delano Roosevelt III

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt III
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FDR III, right, with his father and paternal grandmother in 1962.
Born (1938-07-19) July 19, 1938 (age 76)
Alma mater Yale University, Columbia University
Occupation Economist, academic
Spouse(s) Grace Ramsey Goodyear
(m. 1962—present)
Children Phoebe Louisa Roosevelt
Nicholas Martin Roosevelt
Amelia Roosevelt
Parents Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr.
Ethel du Pont

Franklin Delano Roosevelt III (born July 19, 1938) is an American economist and a grandson of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt.


Franklin III's parents were Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. and Ethel du Pont. He was born during his paternal grandfather's second term as president. His full brother is Christopher du Pont Roosevelt (born 1941). From his father's later marriages, he has two younger half-sisters, Nancy Suzanne Roosevelt (born 1952) and Laura Delano Roosevelt (born 1959), and a younger half-brother, John Alexander Roosevelt (born 1977).

He married Grace Ramsey Goodyear on June 18, 1962. They have three children:

  • Phoebe Louisa Roosevelt (born February 25, 1965)
  • Nicholas Martin Roosevelt (born June 8, 1966)
  • Amelia "Amie" Roosevelt (born June 8, 1966), a violinist.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Manhattan Country School.[1]

Roosevelt led the effort to build a monument to Eleanor Roosevelt at Riverside Park.[2]


FDR III received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Yale University in 1961, his Masters from Columbia University in 1968, and his Ph.D. from The New School.[1] His dissertation was entitled Towards a Marxist Critique of the Cambridge School. His work has primarily focused on combining Marxism and capitalism in an attempt to make modern economic systems more "fair" and less prone to the "winner takes all" scenario. Since 1977, he has been a professor at Sarah Lawrence College, where he was chair of the social sciences faculty 1988–1990 and 1991–1993.[1] He is a Professor emeritus, and continues to speak out on his grandparents' legacies.[3][4]

He is co-author of an introductory economics text:


  1. ^ a b c "Frank Roosevelt Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  2. ^ Berger, Joseph (2005-03-16). "Roosevelts and the Quirks of Destiny". New York Times. 
  3. ^ Fitz-Gibbon, Jorge (June 30, 2012). "FDR's grandson has advice for Obama". The Journal-News. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ Toyoda, Toyoda (November 29, 2011). "Honoring Eleanor Roosevelt – 10/11/11". United Nations Association. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 

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