A Catholic Runs for President: The Campaign of 1928

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CHAPTER THREE
The Marshall-Smith Exchange

...I join with fellow Americans of all creeds in a fervent prayer that never again in this land will any public servant be challenged because of the faith in which he has tried to walk humbly with his God.1

-- Alfred E. Smith

Long before 1928 the very thought of the nomination of Governor Smith for President had become an obsession in the minds of many Americans. Among those who regarded Smith as some sort of an incarnation of Sin were great numbers of men and, by all circumstantial evidence, even more women, who commonly took little interest in politics.

Haunted by the Democratic nightmare of 1924, some erstwhile McAdoo leaders found their way to the Smith camp in the hope of party peace or personal preferment. For millions of Democrats in the more rural parts of the United States, however, harmony and a possible Democratic victory would be a dreadful thing if the price were victory for "Al (cohol)" Smith and his Tammany, Catholic, liquor, New York crowd, to use some of the

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