Alf Landon Biography
(Governor of Kansas)
Birthday: September 9, 1887 (Virgo)
Born In: Pennsylvania
Alf Landon was an American Republican politician, who became the 26th Governor of Kansas. He was one of the most influential political personalities and a powerful leader but ironically, he is mostly remembered for his crushing defeat against Franklin Roosevelt in the presidential election of 1936. Politics was not his first choice and it was quite later in life that he decided to pursue a career in politics. He graduated from a law school, got into oil business and went on to become a millionaire. It was a convention he attended which shaped his political thinking and he decided to join the Republican Party. He started off as a campaigner for the party and it was through his sheer determination that he went on to become the Governor of Kansas twice in his life. He was considered as the strongest nominee from his party to contest for the 1936 presidential elections against Franklin Roosevelt. But he faced a heavy defeat against his competitor, for whom he had very high regards as the leader of a nation, and afterwards decided not to seek elected office again. During his later years he remained quite active in sharing his views on numerous political issues until his death.