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Unformatted text preview: FDR, realizing that the next step from the Governor's seat was the Presidency, chose his political aides wisely, with an eye to mollifying all his possible opponents. He kept many appointees on his staff that Al Smith had made while he was Governor, and continued his positive relationship with Tammany Hall. It was during FDR's first term as Governor that the Great Depression hit the country. Roosevelt proved to be an excellent Depression governor. His support of issues such as tax relief for farmers, public development of hydroelectric power, stricter regulation of phone and utility rates, and a neutral stance on Prohibition considerably broadened his support. Voters saw that he would provide direct aid in return for their loyalty in the next election. FDR won the 1930 reelection by more than 725,000 votes, a much larger margin than his last win. In 1931, reelection by more than 725,000 votes, a much larger margin than his last win....
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.
- Fall '07