Eleanor Roosevelt was the longest serving First Lady. While her husband, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was in office she became active, engaged, and outspoken on controversial issues, including race and women’s rights.
Following the death of her husband in April 1945 she moved into an apartment in this building, living here for five years before moving uptown.
Roosevelt remained active in politics following her husband’s, becoming a delegate to the United Nations—including as Chairperson of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights during the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—and chairing President John F. Kennedy’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. Listen to her speech in honor of Human Rights Day.
She died in New York City in November 1962 at the age of 78.