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THOMAS E. DEWEY Sepia publicity photograph of Thomas E. Dewey wearing a suit and tie. Photograph signed: "Thomas E. Dewey". Sepia, 8x10. Copyright 1944 by Greystone Studios.

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Sepia publicity photograph of Thomas E. Dewey wearing a suit and tie.
Photograph signed: "Thomas E. Dewey". Sepia, 8x10. Copyright 1944 by Greystone Studios. Described by Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Theodore Roosevelt's outspoken eldest daughter as a man who "looks like he fell off the top of a wedding cake", Dewey was Governor of New York (1943-1955) when he received the Republican nomination for President on the first ballot at the Republican National Convention held in Chicago Stadium, June 26-28, 1944. IN THE NOVEMBER 7, 1944 ELECTION, PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT WAS ELECTED TO HIS FOURTH TERM, WINNING 432 ELECTORAL VOTES AND 36 STATES TO DEWEY'S 99 VOTES AND 12 STATES. FDR died on April 12, 1945 less than three months after his inauguration and was succeeded by Vice President Harry S Truman. Democrats held a majority in the 79th Congress (1945-1947), but Republicans gained control of both houses in the 1946 election and all polls showed that a Republican would win the presidency in 1948. AT THE JUNE 21, 1948 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION HELD IN PHILADELPHIA'S CONVENTION HALL, GOVERNOR DEWEY WAS NOMINATED UNANIMOUSLY ON THE THIRD BALLOT. Ohio Senator Robert A. Taft, son of former President William Howard Taft, was his major opposition. PRESIDENT TRUMAN WAS NOMINATED ON THE FIRST BALLOT AT THE JULY 12-14, 1948 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION, also held in Convention Hall. Southern Democrats opposed to Truman's civil rights program organized the States' Rights Democratic Party ("Dixiecrats") and on July 17, 1948, in Birmingham, Alabama, nominated South Carolina Governor Strom Thurmond for President. Left-wing Democrats organized a new Progressive Party, met in Philadelphia's Convention Hall July 23-25, 1948 and nominated FDR's second Vice President, Henry A. Wallace for President. Despite the fact that the Democrats were split three ways, TRUMAN EASILY DEFEATED DEWEY 303-189 ELECTORAL VOTES, 28-16 STATES. Thurmond won 39 votes of four southern states. Wallace had almost as many popular votes as Thurmond, but his supporters were nation-wide while Thurmond's were concentrated in the South. Adequate contrast. Lightly soiled at left blank border. Paper clip impression in upper blank center. Overall, fine condition.

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