The Roosevelt and Election Day History

It’s Election Day.  Tensions are high and the future of the nation is in waiting, to see who will be our leaders and more importantly, our next President of the United States.  At The Roosevelt Hotel, we won’t choose a side here, but we know all about the chaos and anticipation that surrounds this day.

In tthe famous 1948 presidential election, New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey was the challenger, facing incumbent Harry S. Truman. The race was a close one and Truman’s victory was considered an upset. A famous photograph (see below) features a smiling Truman holding up a copy of the Chicago Tribune with a banner headline declaring, “Dewey Defeats Truman.”

This sits close to home because Governor Dewey resided in The Roosevelt and had a business office there from  1943–1955 and received the news of his defeat in Suite 1527 of the hotel (now  known as The Governor’s Suite). Down in the Grand Ballroom (as pictured above), a deserted scene on Nov. 3, 1948 as the nation awoke to find its presidential vote result still in doubt. A handful of die-hards slumped in chairs as the rest of the huge hotel ballroom was empty. (Photo Credit:  AP Photo)

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