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By Phyllis Groner

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David Roosevelt: Eleanor had a “legacy of love.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com

David B. Roosevelt, grandson of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, returned to Westport today where he lived for 15 years to address the Y’s Women about his famous grandparents.

“Before today’s meeting, I went looking for my old house on Sunny Lane,” he told a packed crowd at the Unitarian Church. “I couldn’t find it.” (He moved away in 2001. No. 4 was torn down in 2009 to make way for the new Family Y.)

He had many wonderful things to say about his grandmother, who was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from 1933 to 1945 during her husband’s four terms in office. She died in 1962, when David Roosevelt was 20. In 2002, he published a book, “Grandmere: A Personal History of Eleanor Roosevelt,” about their relationship.

”I felt my grandmother was not a feminist, but a humanist above all else,” Roosevelt said. “Her support of working women is unsurpassed.”

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