Game, Al Smith, 1928

Game, Al Smith, 1928

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Al Smith was the 1928 Democratic nominee for president. This game, “Al Smith to the White House, He will Get There and Here’s How” was marketed as “a scientific political puzzle proving his election with precision.” The box contains 18 wooden blocks representing, by their respective number of electoral votes, the states which would propel Smith to victory. A similar game was produced for Smith’s Republican opponent, Herbert Hoover. “Hoover Wins—Prove It!” used 24 wooden blocks representing various planks of the Republican Party platform which would guarantee Hoover’s success.
Smith’s game failed to prove the final outcome. He carried only eight states with a total of 87 electoral votes, far short of Herbert Hoover’s winning tally of 444 votes from 40 states.
Object Name
associated person
Smith, Al
Physical Description
wood (blocks (18) material)
overall box: 5 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in x 1/2 in; 13.97 cm x 13.97 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Ralph E. Becker
Political Campaigns
Presidential Campaign of 1928
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Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
American Democracy
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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