Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Political Offices

What speech marked Roosevelt’s political comeback?

In 1924, FDR gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention in New York City in support of the Democratic contender Alfred E. Smith, the governor of New York. Roosevelt gave a terrific speech—sometimes called the “Happy Warrior” speech—that earned significant applause. However, the Democrats ended up choosing John W. Davis as their presidential nominee. Smith did receive the Democratic nomination in 1928. That same year, President Roosevelt wrote a book on Smith entitled The Happy Warrior.


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