Franklin D. Roosevelt stricken with polio 90 years ago today


(click here to watch the full program, with August 10, 1921 @ 53:59)

(August 10, 1921) — Franklin D. Roosevelt, 39, developed acute symptoms of poliomyelitis while visiting his summer home on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada.

Based on the incubation period of the polio virus, it is believed that FDR most likely was infected while visiting a large Boy Scout encampment at Bear Mountain, New York, on July 28, 1921. 

Roosevelt never again walked without leg braces, crutches or canes and the support of his son or an aide.

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