Franklin Delano Roosevelt Live Oak

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Live Oak


Parent tree location: City Park, New Orleans, LA

Distance from MOSI to parent tree: 484 miles


Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), often referred to by his initials FDR, was the thirty-second President of the United States. Elected to four terms in office, he served from 1933 to 1945, and is the only U.S. president to have served more than two terms of office. He was a central figure of the 20th century during a time of worldwide economic crisis and world war.


During the Great Depression of the 1930s, Roosevelt created the New Deal to provide relief for the unemployed, recovery of the economy, and reform of the economic and banking systems. Although recovery of the economy was incomplete until almost 1940, many programs initiated continue to have instrumental roles in the nation's commerce, such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). One of his most important legacies is the Social Security system.


The Franklin D Roosevelt Live Oak stands in City Park, a 1,500 acre urban park in New Orleans built in 1891 and expanded under the President’s Works Progress Administration in the 1930’s.


Did You Know?

During the New Deal era, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) employed over 40,000 Floridians in tasks like felling trees to cut fire lanes, planting new trees in deforested areas, constructing fire towers and state buildings and establishing state and national parks. Another major undertaking of the CCC was rebuilding the Overseas Railroad which connected Miami to Key West. This system of bridges and causeways eventually became the Overseas Highway on which you can depart the Florida peninsula and drive to Key West.

Exploring Florida: The Great Depression and New Deal in Florida


Learn more about Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal in Florida

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, NY

National Park Service: Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hyde Park,NY

IMLS Florida Memory: New Deal Records


New Deal Garden

President Roosevelt’s New Deal projects in Florida during the 1930s included the construction of fire lanes and fire towers, and the rebuilding of the Overseas Railroad from Miami to Key West. Plantings in our New Deal garden call to mind some of these projects including: Firebush (Hamelia patens), Railroad Vine (Ipomoea pes-caprae).

Click here for more information on plants currently found in the New Deal Garden. 

 The art for this bench was created by Eric Milan, an art teacher at a local high school in Tampa.


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