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Why I Am for Dewey
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By Ruth Hanna McCormick Simms
Co-Manager of D. A, Dewey’s
Presidential Campaign and former
In the Fall of 1938, Thomas E.
Dewey was running for Governor
of New York State and I was
chafing under the inactivity en
forced upon me by a broken hip.
There was little I could do ex
cept read and listen to the radio.
Soon I gave up reading almost en
tire to listen to the radio, more
and more, and with increasing in
terest as I became aware of the
forceful personality of New York’s
two-fisted young district attorney,
as he went up and down New York
in his campaign for the governor
That I am today co-manager of
Thomas E. Dewey’s campaign to
win the Republican nomination for
President is due to my earnest con
viction that he is the best man
for the job. When the Republican
Party leaders of New York State
made Thomas E. Dewey their fa
Mr. and Mrs. 'Thomas E Dea ry
vorite son and asked him to become
the candidate they said publicly
that they were convinced he pos
sesses above all other leaders in
the country today, the ability, tern
EDSON SMITH *>' DISTRICT JUDGE
• At Assistant U. S. Attor
ney represented government
in much important litigation,
both civil and criminal, in
cluding U. S. against Tom
Dennison and Others, known
as the Omaha Liquor Syn
• Handled numerous cates
in lower courts, in U. S. Court
of Appeals, and in Nebraska
• Wide experience in the
private practice of law at
associate of large law firm,
then as member of firm of
Robert & Edson Smith (un
til Robert Smith again be
came Clerk of the District
Court) and now as a mem
ber of Brome, Smith & Fied
9 A graduate of the
Harvard Law School.
• Has represented individ- ■■■ n dBBII • Endorsed by leaders of
eals and corporations, rich Qualified labor, business, and civic
and poor. ' ^ organizations.
Education Experience Character Temperament
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j perament, training and ideals
which the next President of the
United States must have.
He has sound and experienced
judgment on public question; he
has vigor, executive, ability, sin
cerity and devotion to duty; he has
proved all these things by excep
tional performance in the public
service. He is a fighting champion
of the people.
In all these things I concur.
When I first heard him over the
radio while the gubernatorial cam
paign was on, I knew he had some
of these qualities. I didn’t know
he had all of them.
I didn’t know him then. We had
not met. I became increasingly
aware of him only through his
speeches and his personality as it
came through the loud-speaker in
vibrant sincerity. I was able to
judge him wfth cold objective,
through his spoken words, many
hundreds of miles away from the
compelling warmth of his actual
presence. It is the hardest kind of
judging this, passing on the words
and ideas of a disembodied voice
coining to your ears from some
one you have never seen; yet it
is a good way to judge candidates,
for then one is able to judge them
solely on their ability and their
skill in presenting their case to
What I heard from Tom Dewey,
speaking for himself over the radio
matched what I heard about him
when I came East after my re
covery. That trip was dictated by
intense intellectual curiosity as a
veteran political campaigner. I
wanted to meet this political tyro,
this young man man who had so
impressed me via radio with his
ideas and the patent sincerity and
honesty behind them.
I wanted to judge for myself,
in close-up, whether the man
Dewey was everything the voice
proclaimed, or whether he was just
a skillful campaigner.
And when I met Tom Dewey I
was not disappointed. In fact, I
found in him, on my first visit,
more than I had hoped for. We
met several times, for I am an
old campaigner, and not easy to
convince, and I wanted to check
and recheck my first favorable im
pressions and opinions. I began to
see, more and more, with each
talk we had, why important and
influential persons, as well as a
large section of the discerning
rank and file of our country, were
talking of him as Republican nom
inee for President.
Then I returned home and let
Tom Dewey and all I’d learned
aobut him simmer in my brain. By
Fall, 1939, he had come to a boil
ing point in my mind and I was
convinced he was the outstanding
Republican for the presidency.
And so, I came back to New York
rolled up my sleeves and went to
work to sell other other Repub
licans on the idea of Tom Dewey
as a candidate as convincingly as
he had sold me on himself.
So much for the way I made up
my mind about him. Now what
are the specific points that make
him outstanding in the lists? Why,
in short, am I for Dewey?
Youth An Advantage
First of all, he is young. That,
to me—and I am anticipating an
opinion—is not only no objection
but it is a great and valuable as
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reprinted through the courtesy of the CIIIC'.CO TRIBUNE.
set, because it is only through the
daring and courage of youth that
we can attack the defeatism that
is sapping our national strength to
day. Tom Dewey is that rare phen
omenon that occurs once in a gen
eration, a young man with all the
courage and strength and drive
that belong only to youth, and
with the maturity of judgment
and soundness of mind that usually
are not acquired until well past
the 40 mark. Youth, rounded off
with experience and intrinsic
soundness such as he has, is cer
tainly a valuable asset and Tom
Dewey has packed into his 37 years
as much experience and leadership
as most men of BO.
There have been and may con
tinue to be objections to Tom
Dewey because of his youth. I’d
like to suggest as an offset to
this, that the skeptics recall the
early days of America. The Con
stitution of the United States was
written by young men—Alexander
Hamilton, before he was 33; Char
les Pickney, who was 31; Gouver
neur Morris, 37; James Madison,
38, to name just a few. There was
nothing amateurish nor callow
about them nor about the Con
stitution they wrote. That docu
ment was soun|dly conceived by
young men with vision, common
sense and maturity, and it is still
the greatest document to guide a
living, working Republic after
trial by fire through one hundred
and fifty-two years.
A Man of Action
I am for Tom Dewey because
be is a man of action, a fit leader
for the Republican Party which
has distinguished itself as the
party of action. And by action
I don’t mean great movement in
a series of circles ending in a
vacuum. Action that gets on its
hobby horse and gallops off in
all directions at once is just a
meaningless ride with Alice-in
Wonderland. The kind of action
America wants and needs today
is action that has direction.
Youth and action! These are
essential attributes of today’s
leaders. Tom Dewey has both.
What else does he have that the
presidency requires? Well, let’s
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go first to the Constitution for
fundamentals, arid see what is
expected of a president. The Con
stitution is explicit in its definition
of the president’s functions. To
quote exactly, it says that the
president shall from time to time
give to Congress information on
the state of the union and recom
mend to their consideration such
measures and expedient; and that
he shall take care that the laws
be faithfully executed.
Now that is an executive job.
It’s not a job for an ordinary exe
utive nor for an ordinary man.
Neither is it as frighteningly com
plex as it has been made under
j this administration, when centra
' lization of governmental powers
1 in the hands of the president, his
bureaus and special appointees,
| has reduced Congress virtually to
a shadow and an echo of the boss.
The president’s job is a big job,
the biggest, most important job in
America. But if we follow the
Constitution in defining its func
tions, we shall see that it is a
job which can be done by an ex
perienced executive with ability
and training and does not require
the services and ministrations of
a superhuman giant. Nor does it
call for someone with a dispensa
tion from a hierarchy of intellec
tual saints, and a mandate from
the people to possess the only
functioning brain in America.
We have plenty of brains in
America earmarked for presiden
tial service. Tom Dewey has such
a brain. He has in addition to in
telligence, high principles and pur
pose. He has honesty, vision, con
viction and a clear sense of direc
tion. He is a man who does his own
job well and has the pure sense
to pick men qualified for the tasks
he must delegate to the job. He is
a leader who has inspired confi
dence in himself as well as those
working with him and for him.
He has sound judgment and a
sense of discrimination about per
sons and things. He can and does
make decisions after proper exa
mination of the facts, and he has
the courage then to stick to those
decisions. He has an open mind
but not a wavering one. He is a
practical man who can get things
done. He is not a dreamer, an in
tellectual visionary, nor a sales
man of charm. He has a high sense
of personal idealism with respect
to his office and his responsibility
to the people. He thinks of the
people of America not in divisions
and casses with an eye to ingrati
ating himself with this or that
powerful group, but as free-born
citizens whose rights are equal, as
they should be and shall continue
to be, in this, the finest working
democracy in the world today.
Proof of Tom Dewey’s execu
tive and leadership qualities as
well as of personal courage and
idealism, are found in his record
in public office. The New York
District Attorney’s office is one
of the biggest jobs in the country.
Dewey has 76 assistant district at
torneys on his staff, and the res
ponsibility of his office is to sever
al million people. What he has
done for the people of New York
he can do for the people of the
broader field of national govern
The Man who Gets Things Done
If anyone can slash through the
maze of bureaucracy in Wash
ington, and cut down the forest
of patronage, inefficiency and
waste, so that Americans can once
more see the three big trees of
constitutional government, the leg
islative, executive and judicial
oaks of America, it is one Thomas
E. Dewey, the man who gets
Reprinted from January 1940 is
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published by New York State
Republican Women, Inc.
WASHINGTONIAN SENT TO
AID STAMP SALE
Tuskegee Institute, April 4 (AN
P)—Sent here from Washington to ,
assist Postmaster R. H. Harris in |
the first sale of the new Booker T.
Washington stamp Sunday is Geo.
W. Peterson, audit clerk in the div
ision of stamps, bureau of the third
assistant postmaster general.
Mr. Peterson, a partner in the
law firm of Peterson, Tignor and
Branson in Washington, will re
turn home April 8.
LY COURTEOUS AS NEGRO
WASHINGTON, April 4 (ANP) j
Having maneuvered himself into a;
| strategic spot the colored citizens j
I of America who possesses the all}
important ballot will find himself
a much sought after man between
now and November.
Candidates all over the country,
seeking the presidential nomina
tion, are being courteous and caut
ious toward the Negro whom they
realize holds the balance of power
in certain border states.
It is reported that two candidates
whose aspirations are somewhat
overshadowed by the present in
cumbent in the White House, clash
ed mildly in a matter of a photo
graph of a Negro with a potential
During a certain convention here
one of the colored leaders in the
meeting, had a visiting friend who
held an important job in a govern
Both Negroes were photograph
ed with an opponent—or a would
be opponent—of the boss of the two
Negroes, who immediately jumped
Letters passed back and forth an
the photographer, who had been
called in for the job of taking the
pictures, was asked as a matter of
protection to say that he had just
happened in on a matter of routine
and hadn’t been sent for.
Things have quieted down consid- :
erably and there is little activity on
that fron* nr-tg—but, an explosion
of some^iiort is due shortly and the
brothei s are Pondering where it is
going to hit.
But "#ith all of it, the American
Negro, Js in the best spot now since
the finil victory of the Civil war
and th s subsequent freeing of the
NAACP Opposes City
Conti act With Lily White
Subway Engineer’s Unior
New York—The National Asso
ciation for the Advancement o
Colored People notified the Nev
York C ty Board of Transportatioi
Thursd i^, March 28, that it wil
appear before the board in opposi
tion tr the City’s entering into i
closed *kpp agreement with sub
way workers who are members o
the Brotherhood cf Locomotive En
gineers, an A. F. of L. Union 01
the ground that this union has i
constitutional provision barrinf
Negroes from membership.
The union, which has 1,400 mem
bers (motormen) who work on Nev
York subways is one of two sub
way unions which recently won i
victory, when Mayor LaGuardii
announced that he would recom
mend to the transportation boarc
that is assume "all terms and con
ditions” in the transportatioi
board that it assume “all terms
and conditions’’ in contracts be
tween the BMT and the IRT sub
way systems and labor unions
when the city -takes over these
lines May 1 under the unificatior
plan. Both the Brotherhood and
the Transport Workers Union, the
latter with a membership of 27,000
have closed-shop contracts which
do not expire until June, 1941.
Prior to a conference between
representatives of the two unions
and the Mayor, LaGuardia had
said that the city would permit an
open-shop, no-strike operation of
the unified subway lines, under the
jurisdiction of the city. The N. A.
A. C. P. sent the Mayor a telegram
while the conference was in ses
sion, urging the consideration of
discriminatory clauses in the bro
therhood’s contract, which bars Ne
groes from membership.
Commenting on the action taken
by the Association, Walter White,
executive secretary said:
“This is a fundamental issue.
The NAACP is strongly in favor
of labor unions must come into
court with clean hands. Any and
all unions that continue to bar Ne
groes from membership, will be
opposed by the organization to the
end that discrimination may be
wiped out of organized labor.”
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State Institutions, . .3 years
Board of Education,... 9 years
Mayor ._. 2 years
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