Alfred E. Smith's Boyhood Home

25 Oliver St.
New York City

Alfred E. Smith's Boyhood Home

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Four-time governor of New York, Al Smith lived in this Greek Revival style home after his father’s death, from 1884 on. With only six years of schooling and a “Fulton Fish Market” degree, as governor, Smith worked to improve labor, health, and housing legislation. He was so popular he was nominated for presidency, however, lost to Herbert Hoover. The house itself was representative of the times – when it was first built, it was meant to hold one family but when Al Smith lived in it, there were 25 families living together.

The historic research contained in this Open Green Map is from the book: "Six Heritage Tours of the Lower East Side" by Ruth Limmer, in collaboration with NYC's Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

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