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ALFRED E. SMITH - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/06/1919 - HFSID 310972

ALFRED E. SMITH The politician signs his name on a letter to an associate, speaking of low salary paid by the State. Typed letter signed: "Alfred Smith", in black ink, 1 page, 7¼x9½. State of New York. Executive Chamber. Albany. December 6, 1919. In full: "My dear Mr.

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ALFRED E. SMITH
The politician signs his name on a letter to an associate, speaking of low salary paid by the State.
Typed letter signed: "Alfred Smith", in black ink, 1 page, 7¼x9½. State of New York. Executive Chamber. Albany. December 6, 1919. In full: "My dear Mr. Kirkbrides: - I have your letter of December the 5th, enclosing copy of resolution adopted by your Board of Managers. I am fully alive to the situation created by the low standard of salary paid in the State institutions and I am taking such steps as I can to remedy it. With kind regards and best wishes, I am 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. Normal mailing folds. Pencil notes (unknown hand). Soiled on bottom and top margin. Punched holes in top margin. Top left corner creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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