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Al Smith

  • American politician
  • Born December 30, 1873
  • Died October 4, 1944

Alfred Emanuel Smith (December 30, 1873 – October 4, 1944) was an American politician who was elected Governor of New York four times 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 son of an Irish-American mother and a Civil War veteran father, he was raised in the Lower East Side of Manhattan near the Brooklyn Bridge, where he resided for his entire life.


All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy.




No sane local official who has hung up an empty stocking over the municipal fireplace, is going to shoot Santa Claus just before a hard Christmas.




Be simple in words, manners, and gestures. Amuse as well as instruct. If you can make a man laugh, you can make him think and make him like and believe you.




You take care of you and your family first. Then you go to your neighborhood, and then you spread it on out within the community.




It is the right of our people to organize to oppose any law and any part of the Constitution with which they are not in sympathy.




It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting.




The American people never carry an umbrella. They prepare to walk in eternal sunshine.




Pulling the plug on the BlackBerry could cost corporate America millions of dollars. The BlackBerry is more than e-mail but a handheld office, and if you shut down the BlackBerry, you shut off the data that powers American business.




No matter how thin you slice it, it's still baloney.



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