The greatest privilege that can come to
any man is to give himself to the nation which reared him.
””Alfred E. Smith
Four-time State Governor Alfred Emanuel Smith (1873-1944) was a larger-than-life figure in New York State and City politics. Known for his trademark loud voice, big cigar, and brown derby, the “happy warrior’s” legacy includes the consolidation of 187 state agencies into 19 departments, and the creation of social programs similar to those later implemented nationwide in Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s (1882-1945) New Deal.