Alfred Emanuel Smith was born on December 30th, 1873 in Manhattan, New York City. His parents were Catherine Mulvihill and his father, Alfred Emanuele Ferraro. He took the last name smith because, Ferraro means blacksmith or smith in Italian.
The Honorable Al Smith as Governor
Al Smith was an American statesman. A statesman is usually a politician or notable public figure. In His case Al Smith was both. He was the Governor of New York 4 times: 1918, 1922, 1924, 1926.
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The Honorable Al Smith as President?
No, sadly not, Al Smith although he placed second and was only a couple percent behind could not win the presidential election of 1928. He ended up losing to his republican opponent Herbert Hoover.