|Name||Alfred M. Landon|
|Address||300 W Maple Street |
Independence, Kansas , United States
|| September 09, 1887
|Died||October 12, 1987
Jul 25, 2020 05:55pm
Moderate - Anti-Labor - Pro-Smaller Government - U.S. Army - Freemason -
|Info||Alfred 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.