Franklin Delano Roosevelt's home is on R Street in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, first moved to the city in 1913 when he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy by President Woodrow Wilson. They first rented the home of Eleanor's aunt, Anna Roosevelt Cowles, at 1733 N Street. By 1917 they began renting this larger home on R Street. They would live here until 1920, when Franklin made an unsuccessful bid for Vice President. It was during this time that Eleanor discovered Franklin was having an affair with Lucy Mercer, her former secretary. Either on the grounds of political ambition or religious beliefs, the couple never divorced, but Eleanor pulled away from married life and, in a turning point, directed her energies to her social endeavors and public life. There is a marker outside the front door acknowledging Franklin and Eleanor.