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Franklin Roosevelt survived polio and during his presidency, was for the most part wheelchair bound. The media and those around him made it possible to hide his disability in public, satisfying the interest in presenting the strongest image possible as president.

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR, the 32nd US President) contracted what was diagnosed as polio in 1921 (age 39) when the disease was still endemic. By minimizing the public perception of his paralysis, he was able to win the Presidency in 1932.

Woodrow Wilson (the 28th US President) suffered a severe stroke in October 1919, during his second term, that left him bedridden and in a wheelchair. He was later able to walk with a cane. He finished the final 17 months in office through the delegation of duties by his wife Edith and his cabinet.

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Franklin Roosevelt had almost no use of his legs due to a polio attack he had as a young man. With braces he could stand at a podium and make a speech. He tried to keep his disability hidden. He had a special car with hand controls instead of foot pedals.

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Franklin Roosevelt was crippled from polio. He wore heavy braces on his legs. He could stand with the support of a lectern and give speeches but he could not walk. He had a special car made with all hand controls and no foot pedals.

Ronald Reagan was deaf in one ear and had very poor vision. John Kennedy had constant Back pain and was probably addicted to prescription pain-kiilers and uppers. Thomas Jefferson had a right wrist which had been broken and set improperly. James Buchanan had a wry neck brought on by an eye disorder . Franklin Pierce had a weakness for alcohol.

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Yes, one. Franklin D. Roosevelt had polio. In his time, it was considered improper to show him in a wheelchair on TV, so he was filmed in a way to avoid showing his wheelchair.

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President Franklin D Roosevelt of the United States of America was disabled.

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the u.s has not had a disabled president

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