The Trail of the Tiger
Tammany: 1789-1928
Being An account of Tammany from 1789; The Society of St. Tammany, or Columbian Order;
Tammany Hall; The Organization; and the Sway of the Bosses

By Allan Frankin

Originally published 1928
This Web version copyright 2005


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TAMMANY HALL was, of course, somewhat demoralized by the sudden death of its leader on the eve of the hoped for nomination of New York's favorite son for the Presidency but the leaders organized as best they could, being aided by other leaders from other states and by many loyal admirers of Smith in the Empire State who, however, had no connection with Tammany.

The 1924 convention will perhaps never be forgotten for it came near to wrecking the Democratic party, so bitter became the feeling between followers of the two rival candidates-Smith and McAdoo. Who will ever forget the montonoy of those 103 long roll calls, little changed from the first to the last, and starting always with that shouted, rolling response of Gov. Brandon of Alabama, "Twentyfour votes for Oscar Underwood!"

It was Bryan's last appearance, for he died soon afterwards and his admirers in the Democracy of the nation probably will long remember the booing given the Commoner by the gallery when the fallen


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