To date it is unclear exactly how Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States contracted polio. Most historians have come to the agreement that he most likely contracted the disease on August 10, 1921, the day that he took his family for a sail on his yacht, the Vireo, at their summer home on Campobella Island, in New Brunswick, Canada. Many blame his fall into the icy cold Bay of Fundy as the cause of his polio exposure. Polio is transmitted through contaminated water and food.
The president founded the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis in 1938. It was later renamed the March of Dimes Foundation after celebrity singer Eddie Cantor urged the public to send dimes to the president. The request resulted in 2,680,000 dimes and thousands of dollars in donations being sent to the White House.
Of interest, Bill Murray is starring as FDR in the major motion picture film Hyde Park on Hudson. It will be released in theaters nationwide on January 4, 2012. The story focuses on his love affair with his distant cousin Margaret 'Daisy' Stuckley (Laura Linney) and the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited his country estate in Hyde Park, New York. Murray just received a Golden Globe nomination for Lead Actor in a Comedy or Musical for his role as FDR.