Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR)

1882 – 1945 (63 years old)

United States

Year of great discovery/work

Following his election as president, FDR helped found the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. The organization funded research on poliovirus vaccine development. One of the most well-known fundraising initiatives was the “March of Dimes,” in which citizens were encouraged to mail dimes to Roosevelt at the White House. Within weeks, Americans sent more than 2,680,000 dimes to the president.

Did you know?
FDR’s image is on the dime because of his support of the March of Dimes.