American President FDR was the Poster Boy for Polio for much of his adult life. Did he actually have polio? The answer may surprise you.
Today in the Polio Mailbag, a reader asks: Did Franklin Delanor Roosevelt actually have polio? If you’re new around here, I’ve been explaining that polio was in fact one of many man-made paralytic diseases that began occurring in the late 1800s. FDR, later to become the president of the United States, was the poster-boy for polio for years and years. His condition helped bring awareness (and fear) of the disease to the forefront of the American Public.