Alfred E. Smith Papers, 1923-1927 | Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum
Primary Creator: Smith, Alfred E.
Extent: -1.0 Cubic Feet
Arrangement: This collection is currently housed in the FDRL Miscellaneous Documents.
This collection is comprised of copies of correspondence from Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt to New York State Governor Alfred E. Smith concerning the Women's Activities of the Democratic State Committee. (16 items)
An Irish Catholic from New York City’s Lower East Side, Al Smith was a four term Governor of New York State who earned a reputation as a progressive concerned with social welfare and efficiency in government. In Albany, Smith reorganized government departments and cut wasteful spending while pioneering the expansion of public works through bond financing. At the 1924 Democratic National Convention, Smith’s name was placed in nomination by Franklin Roosevelt in his first appearance on the political stage since contracting polio. Smith encouraged FDR to run for governor of New York in 1928. Meanwhile, Eleanor Roosevelt campaigned vigorously for Smith’s unsuccessful bid for the presidency the same year. When FDR won the governorship and then the presidency, Smith felt betrayed because he did not think that FDR consulted with him enough. Smith grew increasingly more conservative and disillusioned with Roosevelt and the New Deal, and he supported Roosevelt’s Republican opponents in the 1936 and 1940 elections. When Smith died in 1944, Eleanor Roosevelt attended the funeral on behalf of the president.
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