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Letter from D. H. Mudge Sr. to Franklin D. Roosevelt


Mudge, Dick Howard Sr., “Letter from D. H. Mudge Sr. to Franklin D. Roosevelt,” Madison Historical, accessed June 20, 2024,


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This is a carbon copy letter from Dick Howard Mudge Senior responding to Franklin D. Roosevelt. During this period Roosevelt was the Democratic gubernatorial candidate for New York. In the letter Mudge, a prominent attorney and member of the local Democratic Party, discusses his decision to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Al Smith in the upcoming 1928 election. Optimistic, Mudge predicts Madison County will sway from its Republican voting tendencies to support Smith. Ending the letter, Mudge expresses gratitude for Roosevelt's communication and applauds his speech given in Houston at the 1928 Democratic National Convention. Smith went on to lose the 1928 election to Herbert Hoover and Republicans won the Madison County majority vote. Despite these Democratic loses, Roosevelt was elected governor of New York.

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  • government
  • Edwardsville
  • Democratic Party
  • elections


Mudge, Dick Howard Sr.


  • Mudge, Stephen


October 18, 1928

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  • Edwardsville, Illinois
  • 1920s


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