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Alf Landon was an American Republican politician, who became the 26th Governor of Kansas

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BirthdaySeptember 9, 1887
Died onOctober 12, 1987
NationalityAmerican
FamousGovernor of Kansas, Leaders, Political Leaders
SpousesMargaret Fleming, Theo Cobb
Known asAlfred Mossman Landon
Childrens John, Margaret Ann Mills, Nancy Kassebaum
Universities
  • University of Kansas
Birth PlacePennsylvania
Political IdeologyRepublican
ReligionMethodist
GenderMale
FatherJohn Manuel Landon
MotherAnne Mossman Landon
Sun SignVirgo
Born inPennsylvania
Famous asGovernor of Kansas
Died at Age100

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Who is Alf Landon?

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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Childhood & Early Life

He was born on September 9, 1887 in his maternal grandfather's residence in West Middlesex, Pennsylvania, U.S.A to John Manuel Landon, an oil prospector and promoter in the Pennsylvania fields and his wife, Anne Mossman.

He spent his childhood in Ohio and received his early education from Marrietta Academy, Ohio. His family moved to Kansas when he was 17.

He enrolled at the University of Kansas and graduated with a law degree in 1908. Initially, he tried his luck in the field of banking but later entered the oil business in 1912 and became an independent and successful petroleum producer in Kansas.

Career

In 1912, he attended the Bull Moose convention held in Chicago, where his father was a delegate. The Progressive Party, formed after the split of Republican Party, announced Theodore Roosevelt as their candidate for the presidential election in the conference and his interaction with some of the party leaders moved him to pursue a career in politics.

He joined the Republican Party and campaigned for Theodore Roosevelt. He proposed various events related to women's suffrage, antitrust legislation, and the prohibition of child labor.

He also served in the Army as a first lieutenant in World War I. He received a commission in the chemical warfare corps but was still in training at Lakewood, N.J., when the Armistice was signed.

In 1928, he became the chairman of the Republican state central committee and delivered the largest percentage of any state in the nation for Herbert Hoover's election victory.

By the year 1929, his oil business had made him a millionaire. He helped in establishing the ‘Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association’, a petroleum lobbying organization.

In 1932, he contested for the seat of Governor of Kansas and won the election. He became an important figure of the Republican Party and was re-elected as the Governor in 1934.

In 1936, he was chosen as the presidential candidate of the Republican Party, against the incumbent President Franklin Roosevelt of the Democratic Party. Roosevelt handed Landon the most crushing defeat in the U.S presidential elections history.

In the presidential elections Landon got only 8 electoral votes as against Roosevelt's got 523 electoral votes. Landon won only two states, Maine and Vermont, and lost in his home state of Kansas too. Even though he lost to Roosevelt, he had tremendous respect and admiration for him. He was sure of America’s future under Roosevelt’s leadership, accepting much of the New Deal but objected that it was hostile to business and involved too much waste.

After the elections, Landon went back to Kansas and completed his tenure as the Governor in 1937. He did not run for an elected office again. In the later years, he actively participated in various political issues from the Republican Party as a leader and adviser.

Awards & Achievements

In 1934, he was re-elected as the Governor of Kansas. He was the only Republican governor to be re-elected that year.

The state of Kansas dedicated the Landon State Office Building in his honor after his death.

Personal Life & Legacy

He married Margaret Fleming on January 9, 1915 and they were blessed with a daughter, Margaret Anne. Unfortunately, his wife died in 1918.

He married Theo Cobb in 1930. They had two children, Nancy and John. His daughter, Nancy, also became a successful politician and represented the State of Kansas in the United States Senate from 1978 to 1996.

The President Ronald Reagan and the First Lady Nancy Davis Reagan personally visited him on his 100th birthday and extended their heartfelt wishes to him.

He died on October 12, 1987 in Topeka, Kansas and is interred at Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka in Shawnee County, Kansas. He was survived by his ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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Alf Landon biography timelines

  • // 9th Sep 1887
    He was born on September 9, 1887 in his maternal grandfather's residence in West Middlesex, Pennsylvania, U.S.A to John Manuel Landon, an oil prospector and promoter in the Pennsylvania fields and his wife, Anne Mossman.
  • // 1912
    He enrolled at the University of Kansas and graduated with a law degree in 1908. Initially, he tried his luck in the field of banking but later entered the oil business in 1912 and became an independent and successful petroleum producer in Kansas.
  • // 1912
    In 1912, he attended the Bull Moose convention held in Chicago, where his father was a delegate. The Progressive Party, formed after the split of Republican Party, announced Theodore Roosevelt as their candidate for the presidential election in the conference and his interaction with some of the party leaders moved him to pursue a career in politics.
  • // 1915
    He married Margaret Fleming on January 9, 1915 and they were blessed with a daughter, Margaret Anne. Unfortunately, his wife died in 1918.
  • // 1928
    In 1928, he became the chairman of the Republican state central committee and delivered the largest percentage of any state in the nation for Herbert Hoover's election victory.
  • // 1930
    He married Theo Cobb in 1930. They had two children, Nancy and John. His daughter, Nancy, also became a successful politician and represented the State of Kansas in the United States Senate from 1978 to 1996.
  • // 1932
    In 1932, he contested for the seat of Governor of Kansas and won the election. He became an important figure of the Republican Party and was re-elected as the Governor in 1934.
  • // 1936
    In the presidential elections Landon got only 8 electoral votes as against Roosevelt's got 523 electoral votes. Landon won only two states, Maine and Vermont, and lost in his home state of Kansas too. Even though he lost to Roosevelt, he had tremendous respect and admiration for him. He was sure of America’s future under Roosevelt’s leadership, accepting much of the New Deal but objected that it was hostile to business and involved too much waste.
  • // 1937
    After the elections, Landon went back to Kansas and completed his tenure as the Governor in 1937. He did not run for an elected office again. In the later years, he actively participated in various political issues from the Republican Party as a leader and adviser.
  • // 12th Oct 1987
    He died on October 12, 1987 in Topeka, Kansas and is interred at Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka in Shawnee County, Kansas. He was survived by his ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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    Alf Landon was born at 1887-09-09

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    Alf Landon was died at 1987-10-12

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    Alf Landon was died in Topeka

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    Alf Landon was died at age 100

  • Where is Alf Landon's birth place?

    Alf Landon was born in Pennsylvania

  • What is Alf Landon nationalities?

    Alf Landon's nationalities is American

  • Who is Alf Landon spouses?

    Alf Landon's spouses is Margaret Fleming, Theo Cobb

  • Who is Alf Landon childrens?

    Alf Landon's childrens is John, Margaret Ann Mills, Nancy Kassebaum

  • What was Alf Landon universities?

    Alf Landon studied at University of Kansas

  • What is Alf Landon's political ideology?

    Alf Landon's political ideology is Republican

  • What is Alf Landon's religion?

    Alf Landon's religion is Methodist

  • Who is Alf Landon's father?

    Alf Landon's father is John Manuel Landon

  • Who is Alf Landon's mother?

    Alf Landon's mother is Anne Mossman Landon

  • What is Alf Landon's sun sign?

    Alf Landon is Virgo

  • How famous is Alf Landon?

    Alf Landon is famouse as Governor of Kansas