Alf Landon

About Alf Landon

Who is it?: Governor of Kansas
Birth Day: September 09, 1887
Birth Place: Pennsylvania, United States
Lieutenant: Charles W. Thompson
Preceded by: Harry H. Woodring
Succeeded by: Walter A. Huxman
Resting place: Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka, Kansas, U.S.
Political party: Republican
Spouse(s): (1) Margaret Fleming (died 1918) (2) Theo Cobb (survived Alf, died in 1996)
Children: Margaret Anne (first marriage), Nancy, John (both from second marriage)
Alma mater: University of Kansas
Profession: Banker, oilman, politician
Allegiance: United States of America
Service/branch: United States Army
Years of service: c. 1917–18
Rank: First lieutenant
Battles/wars: World War I

Alf Landon

Alf Landon was born on September 09, 1887 in Pennsylvania, United States, is Governor of Kansas. Alf Landon was an American Republican politician, who became the 26th Governor of Kansas. He was one of the most influential political personalities and a powerful leader but ironically, he is mostly remembered for his crushing defeat against Franklin Roosevelt in the presidential election of 1936. Politics was not his first choice and it was quite later in life that he decided to pursue a career in politics. He graduated from a law school, got into oil business and went on to become a millionaire. It was a convention he attended which shaped his political thinking and he decided to join the Republican Party. He started off as a campaigner for the party and it was through his sheer determination that he went on to become the Governor of Kansas twice in his life. He was considered as the strongest nominee from his party to contest for the 1936 presidential elections against Franklin Roosevelt. But he faced a heavy defeat against his competitor, for whom he had very high regards as the leader of a nation, and afterwards decided not to seek elected office again. During his later years he remained quite active in sharing his views on numerous political issues until his death.
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As per our current Database, Alf Landon has been died on October 12, 1987(1987-10-12) (aged 100)\nTopeka, Kansas, U.S..

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Occupation Political Leaders
Age 100 years old
Zodiac Sign Libra
Born September 09, 1887 (Pennsylvania, United States)
Birthday September 09
Town/City Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality United States

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For reasons I never understood, some friction developed between President Hoover and my friend, Governor Landon, who had a summer place in Evergreen, Colorado....I was in and out of Colorado during the summers and visited frequently with Governor Landon. I was eager to get him and the President together in hopes of bringing about a reconciliation that would benefit them personally and the Republican Party. All of us were at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs for a meeting, which I saw as an opportunity to get them together ... for dinner, but whatever undercurrent existed remained, and they continued to be cool toward each other. President Hoover was one of the great Americans of this century. He was competent, compassionate, and a man of unequaled qualifications. The country paid an awful price when he was sacrificed by political caprice.



Landon was born in 1887 in West Middlesex, Pennsylvania, the son of Anne (Mossman) and John Manuel Landon. Landon grew up in Marietta, Ohio. He moved with his family to Kansas at age 17 and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1908. Alfred first pursued a career in banking, but in 1912 he became an independent petroleum Producer in Independence, Kansas. During World War I, Landon served in the Army as a first lieutenant in chemical warfare.


By 1929, the oil industry had made Alf a millionaire, and he was instrumental in the establishment of the Kansas-Oklahoma division of the United States Oil and Gas Association, then known as the Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, a petroleum lobbying organization.


The Republicans' defeats in 1932 and 1936 plunged their party into a period of bitter intraparty strife. Landon played an important role in ending this internal bickering in 1938, in helping to prepare a new group of Leaders for the presidential campaign of 1940, and in trying to bring about a compromise between the isolationist and internationalist viewpoints in foreign policy. Landon declined a position in Franklin Roosevelt's Cabinet because he made his acceptance contingent upon the President's renunciation of a third term.


Republican primary for Governor of Kansas, 1934


The 1936 presidential election was extraordinarily lopsided. Although Landon gained nearly seventeen million votes and obtained the endorsement of track star Jesse Owens, he lost the popular vote by more than 10 million votes. He lost his home state Kansas and carried only Maine and Vermont for a total of eight electoral votes to Roosevelt’s 523. In fact on the same day Kansas rejected Landon for the presidency the state also elected Democrat Walter A. Huxman as his successor as governor. FDR’s win was the most crushing electoral victory since the 1820 election. The overwhelming Roosevelt victory prompted Democratic Party boss James Farley to joke, “As Maine goes, so goes Vermont”.


After war broke out in Europe in 1939 Landon fought against isolationists such as America First who supported the Neutrality Act; he feared it would mislead Nazi Germany into thinking the United States was unwilling to fight. In 1941, however, he joined isolationists in arguing against lend-lease, although he did urge that Britain be given $5 billion outright instead. After the war, he backed the Marshall Plan, while opposing high domestic spending. After the communist revolution in China, he was one of the first to advocate recognition of Mao Zedong's communist government, and its admission to the United Nations, when this was still a very unpopular position among the leadership and followers of both major parties.


In 1961, Landon urged the U.S. to join the European Common Market. In November 1962, when he was asked to describe his political philosophy, Landon said: "I would say practical progressive, which means that the Republican party or any political party has got to recognize the problems of a growing and complex industrial civilization. And I don't think the Republican party is really wide awake to that." Later in the 1960s, Landon backed President Lyndon Johnson on Medicare and other Great Society programs.


On December 13, 1966, Landon gave the first "Landon Lecture" at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Landon's lecture, titled "New Challenges in International Relations" was the first in a series of public issues lectures that continues to this day and has featured numerous world Leaders and political figures, including seven U.S. Presidents (Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush).


Landon addressed the Republican National Convention in 1976 in Kansas City.


Landon died in Topeka on October 12, 1987 at 5:25 p.m., thirty-three days after celebrating his hundredth birthday, and is interred at Mount Hope Cemetery in Topeka. He is the only presidential candidate from a major party to live to at least one hundred years of age (Strom Thurmond reached an age that was a few months older than Landon's but he was a minor party presidential candidate).


Landon respected and admired Roosevelt and accepted much of the New Deal but objected that it was hostile to Business and involved too much waste and inefficiency. Late in the campaign, Landon accused Roosevelt of corruption – that is, of acquiring so much power that he was subverting the Constitution. Landon said:


Landon’s daughter, Nancy Landon Kassebaum, was a United States Senator from Kansas. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1978, she was re-elected in 1984 and 1990. Her second husband was her former Senate colleague Howard Henry Baker, Jr., of Tennessee (1925–2014).

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