Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt spoke at a ceremony marking the centennial of NYU in 1931. At the event, he commented: “What impresses me most is that New York University is a positive and actual influence upon the lives of such a huge body of students. It has been and is a tremendous factor in educating not just the rich and leisure class but young people in practically every walk of life. In this it fits in with the true ideal of education in a democracy. The final aim—the giving of honorable direction to the destinies of a great city—has been carried out as exemplified by the very large number of public-spirited citizens who, graduating from New York University, have taken a useful part in shaping the destinies and in aiding the public service of the City.”

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