Franklin D. Roosevelt's terms as Governor of New York

Franklin D. Roosevelt's Terms As Governor Of New York

Franklin D. Roosevelt's terms as Governor of New York

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Franklin D. Roosevelt served as governor of New York from 1928 until his elected as President of the United States in 1932. His term as governor provided him with a high-visibility position in which to prove himself as well as provide a major base from which to launch a bid for the presidency.

After several years out of politics following his defeat for vice president in the 1920 presidential election, by 1928, Roosevelt believed he had recovered sufficiently to resume his political career. He had been careful to maintain his contacts in the Democratic Party. In 1924, he had attended the 1924 Democratic National Convention and made a presidential nomination speech for the then-governor of New York, Al Smith. Although Smith was not nominated, he ran again in 1928, and Roosevelt again supported him. This time, he became the Democratic candidate, and he urged Roosevelt to run for governor of New York.


To gain the Democratic nomination, Roosevelt had to make his peace with Tammany Hall, which he did with some reluctance. In the November election, Smith was heavily defeated by Republican candidate Herbert Hoover, but Roosevelt was elected governor by a margin of 25,608 votes out of more than 4 million votes castJean Edward Smith, FDR (2007), p.228, defeating Republican candidate Albert Ottinger. As a native of upstate New York, he was able to appeal to voters outside New York City in a way other Democrats could not.

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