Smith, Alfred E. "Al"

1923 TLS as New York Governor to a State Assemblyman questioning the benefit to the State from his bill

Price: $75.00

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(1873-1944) NY politician, 3-time elected governor 1919-20 & 1923-28. He was the foremost urban leader of the Progressive Movement, 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 segments of the electorate 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, he became president of Empire State, Inc. which built and operated the Empire State Building. He became an increasingly vocal opponent of FDR's New Deal, joining the American Liberty League and supporting Republican presidential candidates Alf Landon in 1936 and Wendell Willkie in 1940. TLS on 10 1/2 x 8 blue imprinted "State of New York/Executive Chamber/Albany" letterhead, May 21 1923, his name as Governor printed at left, gilt state seal at top. Governor Smith writes Assemblyman David Jeffrey of Lockport asking him to explain "...what benefit the State derives from any paving work done around a canal terminal."

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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