Lonely for He joined the Harvard Republican Club and supported nomination of his fifth-cousin Theodore ROOSEVELT as the Republican candidate for U.S. vice president in 1900. Although FDR’s grades at Harvard were average, he graduated in only three years. During his third year, FDR became editor of Harvard’s daily student newspaper the Crimson, and he stayed at Harvard an additional year to oversee publication. In 1903, he began courting his fifth-cousin-once-removed, Ana Eleanor Roosevelt, the favorite niece of President Theodore Roosevelt (who assumed the presidency after William MCKINLEY’s assassination). The two were married March 17, 1905, with the president giving the bride away. Lonely 2016.