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Edward Jean Steichen, 27 Mar 1879 - 25 Mar 1973  Search this
James Aloysius Farley, 30 May 1888 - 9 Jun 1976  Search this
Gelatin silver print
Image/Sheet: 25.4 × 20.3 cm (10 × 8")
Mat: 55.9 × 40.7 cm (22 × 16")
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Unrivaled in his day as a Democratic Party operative, James Farley "built the Roosevelt bandwagon" and provided much of the political muscle behind Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. After helping Roosevelt win New York's governorship in 1928, he went on to manage FDR's hugely successful 1930 reelection campaign. Farley reprised his role as campaign manager when Roosevelt embarked on his quest for the presidency and was instrumental in securing FDR's nomination at the 1932 Democratic National Convention. Farley himself won election that year as the party's national chairman-a post he held until 1940. Rewarded with the office of postmaster general after Roosevelt's victory in November, Farley used his position to dispense patronage jobs to countless Roosevelt loyalists. He again served as campaign manager when FDR won reelection in 1936, but broke with Roosevelt in 1940 over the president's decision to seek an unprecedented third term.
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Printed Material\Newspaper  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Handkerchief  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
James Aloysius Farley: Male  Search this
James Aloysius Farley: Business and Finance\Businessperson  Search this
James Aloysius Farley: Politics and Government\State Legislator\New York  Search this
James Aloysius Farley: Politics and Government\Government Official\Postmaster\Postmaster General\US Postmaster General  Search this
James Aloysius Farley: Politics and Government\Campaign Director  Search this
Portrait  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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© The Estate of Edward Steichen / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY
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