Cane collector Lou Grumet commissioned Baltimore carver Pat Harris to create a figural cane of Alfred E. Smith. Smith was the Speaker of the New York Assembly, Governor of New York and the first Catholic candidate for president of a major political party. He was also the sponsor and major supporter of a great deal of the pro-worker, pro-union, and work place safety legislation during the first two decades of the twentieth century.
Grumet added this cane to his collection of New York and American political icons. He also used it when he testified to the New York State Assembly (on many occasions).
Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
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