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ALFRED E. SMITH - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/11/1942 - HFSID 42541

Smith signed this typed letter to theatre producer William A. Brady - or "Uncle Bill" - as president of Empire State, Inc. in 1942. In it, he thanked Brady for tickets and added "We both enjoyed the play very much. I must say that the lovely lady is still very strong in the ring.…"

Price: $300.00

Condition: Fine condition
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ALFRED EMANUEL SMITH
Smith signed this typed letter to theatre producer William A. Brady - or "Uncle Bill" - as president of Empire State, Inc. in 1942. In it, he thanked Brady for tickets and added "We both enjoyed the play very much. I must say that the lovely lady is still very strong in the ring."
Typed letter signed: "Al Smith" as president of the Empire State, Inc. 1 page, 8¼x10¾, on Smith's personalized letterhead as president of the Empire State, Inc. of New York. New York City, New York, 1942 March 11. Addressed toMr. William A. Brady, New York City. In full: "Dear Uncle Bill, Thanks for the tickets and from Mrs. Smith many thanks for the flowers you were kind enough to send out to her. We both enjoyed the play very much. I must say that the lovely lady is still very strong in the ring. She doesn't look much different than she did forty years ago when I saw her in 'Under Southern Skies' Give her out best and the same to you. Sincerely yours," Alfred E. Smith (1873-1944), a vigorous reformer as Governor of New York (1919-1920, 1923-1928), was first suggested as a presidential possibility in 1920. His supporters were more numerous in 1924, when his name was placed in nomination by Franklin D. Roosevelt, who dubbed him the "happy warrior". Al Smith lost the nomination to John W. Davis on the 103rd ballot. As a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1928, he had no serious opposition and was nominated on the first ballot. In so doing, Smith became the first Roman Catholic presidential nominee of a major party. In the election, he was defeated by Herbert Hoover, winning only eight states and losing New York. After leaving politics, Smith became President of Empire State, Inc., the corporation that erected and operated the Empire State Building. Although he gave belated support to Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1932 presidential election, Smith soon broke with his old friend and supported Republicans Landon in 1936 and Willkie in 1940. A forceful opponent to Roosevelt's New Deal, Smith died a month before the 1944 election at the age of 70. Lightly toned, stained, creased and rippled. Lightly torn at edges along folds. Otherwise, fine condition.

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