Alfred Emanuel Smith


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Alfred Emanuel "Al" Smith (December 30, 1873 – October 4, 1944) was an American statesman who was elected the 42nd Governor of New York three times and was the Democratic U.S. presidential candidate in 1928. He was the foremost urban leader of the efficiency-oriented Progressive Movement and was noted for achieving a wide range of reforms as governor in the 1920s. He was also linked to ... more »

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  • ''Nobody shoots at Santa Claus.''
    Alfred E. Smith (1873-1944), U.S. Democratic politician, governor of New York. Phrase, used repeatedly in campaign speeches in 1936, attacking Frankli...
  • ''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.''
    Alfred E. Smith (1873-1944), U.S. Democratic politician, governor of New York. New Outlook (Dec. 1933). The phrase "Nobody shoots at Santa Claus" ...
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