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Smith, (Alfred Emanuel) Al

(1873–1944) political leader; born in New York City. Leaving school at age 12, he worked for the local Democratic organization and with its help was elected to the state assembly (1903). By 1913 he was assembly speaker, and in 1918 he was elected governor of New York; losing his first reelection bid, he won back the state house for the next three two-year terms; he proved an able administrator and surprisingly liberal and internationalist for someone who had emerged from the Democratic machine. After nearly capturing the 1924 Democratic presidential nomination, he won it in 1928, but, handicapped in part by his Catholicism, lost the election overwhelmingly. After unsuccessfully battling Franklin D. Roosevelt for the 1932 nomination, he came to oppose New Deal policies. He received many honors as a Catholic layman.
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Golway argues that it was men like Al Smith and Robert Wagner, along with Progressives like Frances Perkins and Robert Moses, who achieved the improbable: a grand coalition of Tammany Democrats and Protestant, Progressive reformers, who together devised a new style of government with an appeal far beyond Tammany's Irish precincts.
Recently, it was the turn of presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, to turn sardonic comedians for a night, at the fund-raising Al Smith Memorial Foundation dinner for Timothy Cardinal Dolan's bishopric in New York City.
1924: Known as "the Klanbake," the longest convention in history (16 days) pits the Ku Klux Klan-backed William Gibbs McAdoo against New York's Catholic governor, Al Smith, in Manhattan.
Few people deserve the honor of having a hall named after them more than the late Al Smith.
Their topics include Lorenzo Dow and John Taylor on the religious frontiers of the early American republic, Nat Turner and signs of the apocalypse, Annie Wittenmyer and the twilight of evangelical reform, psychological and historical perspectives on the denial of death, and the religious issue in the North Carolina presidential campaign of 1960 with a footnote on Al Smith.
Not since Al Smith let the sidewalks of New York to climb the Empire State Building--the only known instance of a man making a descent up 103 stories--has the New York Democracy had a populist air.
For the past five years DC Al Smith has campaigned for changes to laws and police policies in order to ensure people who do not identify with the gender they were assigned with at birth are treated with dignity and respect.
The company added that directors Joe Hettinger, Siva Mohan, Cordell Fonnesbeck and Al Smith have resigned from the board.
Smith IV, who is the CEO of AE Smith Associates and the great-grandson of the legendary Al Smith, Governor of New York.
Over the past year, the life sciences industry has gained some clarity through the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act ruling, but this clarity is fraught with complex regulations and new challenges," said Al Smith, President and COO of Revitas.