Campobello: FDR's "beloved island"

She described Eleanor as very social. "She enjoyed having company," she told Altschul. "She didn't love things; she loved people. She always had an open ear. I think that's what made her such a great first lady."

As for Franklin, he suffered a debilitating attack of polio in this bedroom in 1921, at age 39. There are many theories as to how he found the strength to lead the United States through the Great Depression and on to victory in the Second World War.

But ask Campobello Island Mayor Stephen Smart, and he'll tell you the answer lies right here.

"He hadn't been sedentary, he'd been outside. He'd been enjoying the world and not always from a steamer window, right?" said Smart. "Out in it, enjoying the coastline. Because if you're going to survive on an island like this, you've got to be mentally tough. And you've got to be willing to take some risks."

In 1921, FDR had left Campobello on a stretcher, uncertain of his future. He returned, 12 years later, as leader of the free world.

"I think he had such a love for the island and the people on the island that he just had to go back there," said Chris Roosevelt.

He believes that for his grandfather, Campobello always remained his "beloved island," and it's no surprise that its people welcomed him back as one of their own: "It was kind of a place where he became rejuvenated. He became fed and nourished by those relationships, and I think that's why he kept going back to Campobello."

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