New York Governor Al Smith, In the Heat of His 1928 U. S. Presidential Campaign, Takes Time to Sign A Document Promoting An Officer in the State National Guard
Alfred Emanuel Smith (1873-1944) Signed New York State Military Appointment Document, "Alfred E. Smith", 8 X 12, August 2, 1928, gold seal intact, also signed by The Adjutant General, Franklin W. Ward, American politician who served four terms as Governor of New York and was the Democratic Party's candidate for president in 1928. Smith was the foremost urban leader of the Efficiency Movement in the United States and was noted for achieving a wide range of reforms as governor in the 1920s. The fact that Smith was Catholic and the descendant of Catholic immigrants was instrumental in his loss of the election of 1928, to Herbert Hoover. This very attractive document is in fine condition with light age toning and one fold line at top.