Contenders Series: Governor Thomas E. Dewey

The historic Roosevelt Hotel New York is famously named after President Theodore Roosevelt himself , but this property is also home to another historic political figure. The Roosevelt also played a part in one of the most famous presidential elections in history. Dewey v. Truman.

From 1943 to 1955 the hotel became New York City’s Governor Thomas E. Dewey’s business headquarters and residence. Dewey later ran and lost to President Harry Truman in 1948, receiving the news of his loss in Suite 1527 of the hotel, properly named the Governors Suite. This loss is said to be one of the greatest political upsets in American history.

This week, the hotel welcomes C-SPAN series, The Contenders. as they film a program dedicated to Governor Dewey right back in Suite 1527. Be sure to tune in on October 28th at 8:00pm ET.

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