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would know, and if they didn't agree with the Governor, you could be sure the Governor was right. He'd be correct over and over again. He knew who made what speech in a constitutional convention. He knew where “O'Grady” was on the night that something or other happened. He never forgot. He was always right. He had the most amazing memory. It was partly because, as Shientag always said, “his mind wasn't all cluttered up with book-learning. It can really function the way the human mind is meant to function.”

I don't recall that F.D.R. played too active a part in the 1926 election, except to endorse Smith and to be a member of the citizens' committee for Smith. He made some speeches, but he wasn't being awfully active at that time. He was mostly down at Warm Springs. But he certainly wrote a letter and he certainly was on the list. I'm very sure that he made at least one speech, probably two.

Mrs. Roosevelt, however, worked very actively. She was in the Women's Division and was busily engaged in organizing all through the state. She was working with Caroline G.O'Day, Nancy Cook and everybody else. Some were leftovers of the suffrage movement who were now interested in organizing party activities. She'd become interested in it because of F.D.R.'s interest and Louis Howe's interest.

It was thought that F.D.R. was through with politics

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