CRIME FIGHTER, GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK, TWO-TIME PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, CORPORATE LAWYER
Thomas Edmund Dewey Signed Governor of New York Card, "Thomas Dewey", 3 x 5, with embossed "State of New York Executive Mansion, Albany" and state seal at top. by the American lawyer, prosecutor, and politician. Raised in Owosso, Michigan, Dewey was a member of the Republican Party. He served as the 47th governor of New York from 1943 to 1954. In 1944 he was the Republican Party's nominee for president, but lost the election to incumbent Franklin D. Roosevelt in the closest of Roosevelt's four presidential elections. He was again the Republican presidential nominee in 1948, but lost to President Harry S. Truman in one of the greatest upsets in presidential election history. As a New York City prosecutor and District Attorney in the 1930s and early 1940s, Dewey was relentless in his effort to curb the power of the American Mafia and of organized crime in general. Most famously, he successfully prosecuted Mafioso kingpin Charles "Lucky" Luciano on charges of forced prostitution in 1936. Luciano was given a 30- to 50-year prison sentence. He also prosecuted and convicted Waxey Gordon, another prominent New York City gangster and bootlegger, on charges of tax evasion. Dewey almost succeeded in apprehending Jewish mobster Dutch Schultz as well, but Schultz was murdered in 1935 in a hit ordered by The Commission itself; he had disobeyed The Commission's order forbidding him from making an attempt on Dewey's life. Come with the original transmittal letter on "Executive Mansion, Albany, New York" letterhead dated October 13, 1944. One month later he would lose his presidential bid against Franklin Roosevelt. Both items in fine condition.