Presidential Politics, 1928

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Alfred E. Smith was a three-term governor of New York when he became the Democratic Party's candidate for President in 1928. The first Roman Catholic nominee to the Presidency, Smith was a proponent of the Progressive Movement of the time and ran on an anti-Prohibition platform. His opponent was Herbert Hoover, who rode the wave of the Roaring Twenties economic boom (and a fair amount of anti-Catholic sentiment) to a landslide victory.