GOVERNOR THOMAS E. DEWEY - EPHEMERA UNSIGNED CIRCA 1948 - HFSID 254585
Sale Price $1,190.00
[THOMAS E. DEWEY]
Gavel used during the 1948 Republican Convention, at which Dewey was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate and Earl Warren was nominated as his running mate.
Gavel, unsigned. Wooden gavel, approximately 12½-inches long. Silver plaque affixed to head. Engraved, in part: "Republican National Convention/Philadelphia" (portion of plaque is not visible). Presented in shadowbox, 15x7½x3 base with 16½x9x¾ top with glass viewing area. Brass plaque affixed on black background. Engraved, in full: "Gavel used during/Republican National Convention/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1948./Thomas E. Dewey - Presidential Nominee/Earl Warren - Vice-Presidential Nominee". In 1948, both parties had courted popular WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower for their presidential nominee, but "Ike", who was a moderate Republican at the time, refused nomination from either. The Republican field included New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey, former Minnesota Governor Harold Stassen, California Governor Earl Warren, Ohio Senator Robert Taft and General Douglas MacArthur. Dewey, who had been the unsuccessful Republican nominee in 1944, had been re-elected as Governor of New York in 1946 with the largest margin in state history, making him a clear frontrunner. The 1948 Republican Convention, held at the Municipal Auditorium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from June 21-25, 1948, was the first to be televised. Despite attempts to stop him, Dewey was only 33 votes short of victory by the second ballot, and he was nominated by acclamation during the third ballot, when second runner, Robert Taft, wrote a concession speech. Dewey chose popular California Governor Earl Warren as his running mate on a ticket that the news media rated as an almost certain winner over the Democrats, who had re-nominated incumbent President Harry S Truman, who had selected Kentucky Senator Alben W. Barkley as his running mate. In the 1948 election, which was hampered by a three-way split in the Democratic Party, the press was so sure that Dewey would triumph that the "Chicago Tribune" printed the historic, premature headline: "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN". Despite losing Pennsylvania and New York, Truman won the election by 24,179,347-21,991,292 popular votes and 303-189 electoral votes. Inner display portion has slightly separated from upper frame, which has minor surface scratches. Fine condition.
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