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  Landon, Alfred M.
NameAlfred M. Landon
Address300 W Maple Street
Independence, Kansas , United States
Born September 09, 1887
DiedOctober 12, 1987 (100 years)
ContributorChase McFadden
Last ModifedChronicler
Jul 25, 2020 05:55pm
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InfoAlfred M. Landon was born on September 9th, 1887, in West Middlesex, Pennsylvania. His parents moved to Kansas just after 1900 to search for oil. Landon graduated from the University of Kansas in 1908. He had a single child with his first wife, then served in World War I. His second wife was the former Theo Cobb, who was the mother of Nancy L. Kassebaum.

He was elected Governor of Kansas in 1932, as voters punished other Republicans throughout the nation. At the beginning of 1936, Landon was one of only 10 Republican governors in the US.

In 1936 Alfred Landon was the Republican nominee to oppose President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt was at the height of his popularity and was resoundingly reelected. Roosevelt recieved 27 million votes to about 17,000,000 for Landon. Landon was only able to carry two states, Maine and Vermont.

Later on, Landon said that he did not fear for the health of the country under President Roosevelt. He knew that he had no chance of winning the election and took his defeat with humor and grace.

After Landon's defeat, he constructed a Colonial Revival mansion near Topeka which became his primary residence. He operated radio stations and an oil business throughout the mid-20th century.

Landon continued to exert influence within the Republican party after his defeat and was still active in politics. He described himself as a Progressive Republican, and supported some of Lyndon Johnson's social programs.

In 1978, Landon's daughter, Nancy Landon Kassebaum was elected as a Republican Senator from Kansas.

Alfred Landon was active until the end of his life. He died on October 12th, 1987, a little more than a month after his 100th birthday.


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Wife Margaret Fleming Landon Jan 09, 1915- 00, 1918
Wife Theo Cobb Landon Jan 15, 1930-Oct 12, 1987
Daughter Margaret Ann "Peggy" Landon Mills 1917-1995
Daughter Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker 1932-
Grandson William A. Kassebaum 1962-
Son John Cobb "Jack" Landon 1934-

  07/01/1940 US President - R Primaries Lost 0.00% (-49.76%)
  12/14/1936 US President Lost 1.51% (-96.99%)
  11/03/1936 US President National Vote Lost 36.54% (-24.25%)
  07/01/1936 US President - R Primaries Lost 21.94% (-22.51%)
  06/12/1936 US President - R Convention Won 98.11% (+96.21%)
  11/06/1934 KS Governor Won 53.51% (+7.88%)
  08/07/1934 KS Governor - R Primary Won 79.90% (+59.80%)
  11/08/1932 KS Governor Won 34.82% (+0.70%)
  08/02/1932 KS Governor - R Primary Won 55.40% (+20.61%)
KS US President - Nov 05, 1912 R Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt
US President National Vote - Nov 05, 1912 R Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt