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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Earliest Campaign Broadside from 1910. FDR's first attempt to gain political office occurred in 1910 when he ran for the New York State Senate for the district that encompassed Hyde Park. A Democrat had not been elected from that district since 1884, but the Roosevelt name carried a lot of weight with the voters and FDR was an attractive candidate on a number of levels. Despite being a Democrat, he opposed the entrenched Tammany machine and supported the reforms of Republican Governor Charles Evans Hughes, specifically the proposal that United States Senators be popularly elected, rather than selected by the state legislature. His opponent in the election was John F. Schlosser. As far as campaign materials are concerned, there were two broadsides produced, as well as a 7/8" picture pin. This broadside measures 11" x 16". It urges support of Roosevelt for State Senate and Crane for State Assembly. Their opponents were Schlosser and Yale, respectively. We can find no background information on candidate Yale. Louis Payn was a corrupt machine politician and insurance commissioner appointed under Governor Black. He was eventually forced to leave office, but escaped prosecution. Schlosser, as the broadside indicates, voted against the Hughes proposal for popular election of Senators. The slogans tell the story: "Putnam County needs a clean sweep and New Men at Old Albany." FDR won the election, 15,708 votes to 14,568 for Schlosser. It was an auspicious beginning to a stellar career.

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