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Sheffield in Colbert County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

 
 
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 17, 2009
1. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Marker
Inscription. On Jan. 21, 1933 President-elect Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed an immense crowd at this crossing from his railroad car and promised "to put Muscle Shoals back on the map." He then toured the idle U.S. Nitrate Plant No. 2 and Wilson Dam with Senator George Norris. The new Congress approved Norris's plans for development of the entire Tennessee River and FDR signed the Tennessee Valley Authority Act on May 15, 1933, thereby ending years of bitter controversy about the future of the Muscle Shoals district. The nitrate plants were given to TVA for development of fertilizer in peacetime and production of munitions in wartime. FDR returned Nov. 17, 1934, to inspect the work underway by TVA at Wheeler Dam and Nitrate Plant No. 2 and again boarded his train in Sheffield. The TVA projects helped the area recover from the Great Depression, and power from the dams induced new industries to locate here.
 
Location. 34° 45.52′ N, 87° 41.934′ W. Marker is in Sheffield, Alabama, in Colbert County. Marker is at the intersection of South Montgomery Avenue and West 1st Street, on the right when traveling south on South Montgomery Avenue. Touch for map. North of the railroad crossing. Marker is in this post office area: Sheffield AL 35660, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 17, 2009
2. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Marker
are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Percy Sledge/Producer Quin Ivy (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); History of Sheffield (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Singing River Sculpture (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sheffield Colored School/Sterling High School (approx. half a mile away); Furnace Hill (approx. half a mile away); Winston Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Village One (approx. 1.4 miles away); At This Well (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sheffield.
 
Also see . . .
1. Times Daily Archive. Senator Norris to visit Shoals with Roosevelt (Submitted on September 12, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

2. Florence Times Archives. Shoals to Welcome Roosevelt (Submitted on September 12, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
 
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Contributors Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 17, 2009
3. Contributors Marker
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2010
4. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Marker
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2010
5. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
6. Franklin D. Roosevelt
This 1945 Portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt by Douglas Chandor hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“When Franklin Roosevelt began serving in New York's state legislature in 1911, some observers declared him ill-suited to the rough realities of politics. But Roosevelt thrived on those realities; some two decades later, he was advancing from the New York governorship to the presidency.

Taking office against the bleak backdrop of the Great Depression, Roosevelt responded quickly to this economic disaster with a host of regulatory and welfare measures that redefined the government's role in American life. Among conservatives, the new federal involvement in matters traditionally left to the private sector was a betrayal of America's ideals. But in other quarters, Roosevelt's activism inspired an unwavering popularity that led to his election to an unprecedented four terms.

When Roosevelt sat for this portrait in 1945, his presidential concerns had long since shifted to guiding the nation through World War II. This likeness is a study for a larger painting a sketch of which appears at the lower left commemorating Roosevelt's meeting with wartime Allied leaders, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin at Yalta.” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 12, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 1,141 times since then and 75 times this year. Last updated on May 18, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 12, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   4, 5. submitted on September 14, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   6. submitted on November 2, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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