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  Smith, Alfred E.
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AffiliationDemocratic  
 
NameAlfred E. Smith
Address
New York, New York , United States
EmailNone
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Born December 30, 1873
Died October 04, 1944 (70 years)
ContributorChronicler
Last Modifiednystate63
Jun 11, 2009 05:38pm
Tags Liberal - Catholic -
InfoAlfred Smith was born in New York City on 30th December, 1873. After a brief formal education he found employment in the Fulton fish market. He become a member of the Democratic Party and in 1903 was elected to the state assembly.

In 1911 he became a member of a commission investigating factory conditions. Shocked by what he found he became associated with those politicians such as Robert Wagner and Frances Perkins, who were attempting to persuade the government to pass legislation to protect industrial workers. A popular politician, he served as speaker of the New York Assembly (1913), sheriff of New York County (1915-17) and president of the Board of Aldermen of New York (1917).

Smith was elected governor of New York for four terms (1919-20, 1923-28). As governor he attempted to bring an end to child labour, improve factory laws, housing and the care of the mentally ill. Smith was a popular figure in the Democratic Party and in 1928 Franklin D. Roosevelt returned to politics in an attempt to help him become president. Smith was the first Roman Catholic to be a serious candidate for the presidency. It is believed that his religion, combined with his opposition to Prohibition, led to his defeat by the Republican candidate, Herbert Hoover.

In 1932 Smith supported his old friend, Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his campaign to become president. However, Smith became disillusioned with FDR's presidency and supported the Republican presidential candidates in the 1936 and 1940 elections.

Alfred Smith died in New York City on 4th October, 1944.


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FAMILY
Wife Catherine Dunn Smith May 06, 1900-May 04, 1944
Son Alfred E. Smith, Jr. 1901-1968
Daughter Emily Smith Warner 1901-1980
Daughter Catherine Smith Quillinan 1904-1982
Son Arthur Smith 1907-1955
Son Walter Smith 1910-

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Alfred E. Smith Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech 1928  Discuss
RACES
  07/01/1936 US President - D Primaries Lost 0.06% (-93.13%)
  07/02/1932 US President - D Convention Lost 13.68% (-50.30%)
  07/01/1932 US President - D Primaries Lost 14.03% (-35.40%)
  04/26/1932 PA US President - Prb Primary Lost 42.86% (-14.29%)
  01/02/1929 US President Lost 16.38% (-67.23%)
  11/06/1928 US President National Vote Lost 40.76% (-17.46%)
  07/12/1928 US President - PRB Convention Lost 1.52% (-48.48%)
  07/01/1928 US President - R Primaries Lost 0.08% (-49.65%)
  07/01/1928 US President - D Primaries Won 40.75% (+21.21%)
  06/29/1928 US President - D Convention Won 69.05% (+63.20%)
  04/24/1928 OH US President - D Primary Won 64.89% (+43.51%)
  03/20/1928 ND US President - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  03/13/1928 NH US President - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/02/1926 NY Governor Won 52.30% (+8.50%)
  11/04/1924 NY Governor Won 49.96% (+3.33%)
  07/09/1924 US President - D Convention Lost 11.48% (-14.85%)
  07/01/1924 US President - D Primaries Lost 1.64% (-54.41%)
  11/07/1922 NY Governor Won 55.21% (+15.25%)
  11/02/1920 NY Governor Lost 44.00% (-2.58%)
  09/14/1920 NY Governor - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  07/06/1920 US President - D Convention Lost 5.54% (-30.03%)
  11/05/1918 NY Governor Won 47.36% (+0.70%)
  09/03/1918 NY Governor - D Primary Won 85.91% (+71.82%)
  11/06/1917 New York City Aldermanic President Won 47.80% (+15.14%)
  01/06/1915 NY Assembly Speaker Lost 28.68% (-41.91%)
  11/03/1914 NY Assembly - New York 02 Won 65.72% (+42.16%)
  01/07/1914 NY Assembly Speaker Lost 30.56% (-25.69%)
  11/04/1913 NY Assembly - New York 02 Won 57.75% (+23.45%)
  01/01/1913 NY Assembly Speaker Won 69.39% (+40.82%)
  11/05/1912 NY Assembly - New York 02 Won 56.17% (+27.25%)
  01/03/1912 NY Assembly Speaker Lost 32.14% (-35.71%)
  11/07/1911 NY Assembly - New York 02 Won 71.22% (+50.45%)
  11/08/1910 NY Assembly - New York 02 Won 69.48% (+51.41%)
  11/06/1909 NY Assembly - New York 02 Won 64.93% (+33.76%)
  11/03/1908 NY Assembly - New York 02 Won 66.21% (+44.08%)
  11/05/1907 NY Assembly - New York 02 Won 71.58% (+49.65%)
  11/06/1906 NY Assembly - New York 02 Won 78.21% (+62.60%)
  11/07/1905 NY Assembly - New York 02 Won 64.18% (+29.65%)
  11/08/1904 NY Assembly - New York 02 Won 66.82% (+36.58%)
  11/03/1903 NY Assembly - New York 02 Won 75.48% (+53.31%)
ENDORSEMENTS
US President - Dec 16, 1940 R Wendell L. Willkie
US President - Dec 14, 1936 R Alfred M. Landon