Franklin Delano Roosevelt


Who tried to kill President Roosevelt before he was officially sworn in as president?

Guiseppe Zangara, a thirty-two-year-old Italian-born bricklayer, tried to assassinate President-Elect Roosevelt in Miami, Florida. Apparently, he had also thought about killing President Hoover. Zangara was motivated in his violent actions by the belief that the president was responsible for massive unemployment and for his own physical ailments. Zangara missed Roosevelt, but did kill Chicago mayor Anton Cermak and wounded several others. Cermak allegedly told FDR on the way to the hospital: “I’m glad it was me and not you, Mr. President.”


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