The United States has faced more than one existential crisis in our short history, and certainly none were more apparent than those presented during the Presidency of Franklin Roosevelt. He won a record four presidential elections and became a central figure in world events during the first half of the 20th century. FDR directed the federal government during most of the Great Depression, implementing his New Deal domestic agenda in response to the worst economic crisis in U.S. history. His third and fourth terms were dominated by World War II, which ended shortly after he died in office. Faced with both the Great Depression and a global war, FDR's genius and savvy saved the United States.