Lonely guide for In the early years of their marriage, Eleanor gave birth to six (five surviving) children. FDR attended Columbia Law School, but left after passing the New York State Bar exam. He then practiced corporate law with the firm Carter, Ledyard, and Milburn, a job in which he remained restless. Having a different ambition, he mapped out a route to the White House identical to that of his cousin Theodore: New York State legislature, assistant secretary of the Navy, governor of New York, vice president, president. Public life before polio. In 1910, FDR ran as a Democrat for a seat in the New York state legislature, seeking to represent the predominantly Republican 26th district, Dutchess County. FDR won an upset victory over Republican candidate John F. Lonely guide 2016.