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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

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.

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Landmark at Socrates Sculpture Park

Marking Socrates Sculpture Park’s 30th anniversary this year, the institution presents Landmark, a series of...

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