MILESTONES: From Herkimer Co. farm boy to international icon

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Utica od (BY  Frank Tomaino)

Owen D. Young, a farm boy from Van Hornesville in southeastern Herkimer County, today was sworn in as 32nd president of the United States. In his inaugural address, he …

Wait, let’s stop there. The above item never appeared in any newspaper and for good reason. It never happened.

But it could have.

In early 1932, Democratic Party leaders began to promote Young’s candidacy for the presidential nomination at the Democratic convention in June in Chicago. Among his supporters were New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt (who eventually got the nomination) and Alfred E. Smith, four-time governor of New York and in 1928 an unsuccessful candidate for president.

Young, however, never campaigned actively and then said that he would not accept the nomination.

Most historians agree, though, that he would have made a great president. And why not? He was a figure of great national…

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