Smith, Al

New York governor, 1928 Democratic presidential candidate (1st Catholic nominee)

Price: $25.00

Description:
(1873-1944) NY politician, 3-time elected governor 1919-20 & 1923-28. He was the foremost urban leader of the efficiency-oriented Progressive Movement and was noted for achieving a wide range of reforms as governor. He was also linked to the notorious Tammany Hall machine that controlled Manhattan politics and was a strong opponent of prohibition. 1st Catholic to run for US President as 1928 Democratic Party nominee, trounced by Herbert Hoover owing to his unpopularity among certain segments including Southern Baptists and German Lutherans, who believed the Catholic Church and the Pope would dictate his policies. He sought the 1932 nomination but lost to his former ally and successor as Governor, Franklin D. Roosevelt. After the 1928 election, Smith became president of Empire State, Inc., the corporation which built and operated the Empire State Building. He became an increasingly vocal opponent of Roosevelt's New Deal, joining the American Liberty League and supporting Republican presidential candidates Alf Landon in 1936 and Wendell Willkie in the 1940 election. Signed 3 x 5 card, undated but early-mid 1940s.

Condition: Very good, light uniform toning, slightly pale corners
Type:Signed Card






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