Presidential Cabinet Secretary. He was one of 5 sons. His father was a brick maker and his mother was a housewife. When he was ten he lost his father after a horse kicked him in the chest. He and his brothers worked in the grocery store and saloon his mother bought after her husbands death. He received a public school education and studied bookkeeping. He took a job with the United States Gypsum Company working his way up to salesman where he stayed, by his own admission, for 14 or 15 years. He helped Alfred E. Smith become governor and served as port warden of New York City. He served one term in the New York State Assembly in 1923. He was later made Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission and also became Boxing Commissioner of NewYork State from 1923 until 1933. He served as secretary of the Democratic State Committee from 1928 to 1930 and was Chairman from 1930 to 1944. He was introduced to Franklin Delano Roosevelt who asked him to run his gubernatorial campaign. He ran successful campaigns in 1928 and 1930. He also ran the 1932 and 1936 presidential campaigns for FDR.and was appointed U. S. Postmaster General from 1933 to 1940. He broke with FDR when FDR sought a 3rd term as president. After his political career he became the chairman of the Coca Cola Export Company. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from 1924 to 1960 and again in 1968. The James A. Farley Award is the Boxing Writers Associations highest honor. He was the first guest on to appear on Meet the Press. The main post office in New York City is named after him as well as a middle school in Stony Point NY.
Bio by: Matthew Fatale