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Norman Thomas
NMattoonThomas
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1884
Date of Death: 1968
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Religion: Presbyterian
Occupation: Minister, Politician, Activist, Author
Political Party: Socialist Party of America
Turtledove Appearances:
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Novel only
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): Blood and Iron;
The Center Cannot Hold
Type of Appearance: Direct
Occupation: Assistant Secretary of War
Political Party: Socialist Party
Norman Mattoon Thomas (November 20, 1884 — December 19, 1968) was a leading American socialist, pacifist, and six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America during the 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, and 1948 presidential elections.

Norman Thomas in Joe SteeleEdit

Norman Thomas was the Socialist candidate in the 1932 presidential election. However, his candidacy only received attention in the most leftist parts of the country, such as the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.[1]

Norman Thomas in Southern VictoryEdit

N. Mattoon Thomas was the Assistant Secretary of War in President Upton Sinclair's administration when Sinclair led the Socialists into the Powel House for the first time ever in 1920.

In 1922, Thomas traveled to Canada to coerce Military Governor George Armstrong Custer into submitting his resignation in person. Thomas informed Custer that if he gave it willingly, Sinclair would highly praise him, but if he refused, he would be cashiered. He returned to Philadelphia with Custer's resignation in hand.[2]

Thomas was a leader in President Sinclair's efforts to slash the US Army's operating budget, earning him many enemies among the Army's officer corps, notably Irving Morrell. (It was during an argument with Morrell that both men learned of the death of former President Theodore Roosevelt in 1924.) However, he maintained a cordial enough working relationship with Chief of the General Staff Hunter Liggett.[3]

Thomas left office after Sinclair's second term.

Literary commentEdit

The custom of structuring his name as "N. Mattoon Thomas" rather than "Norman M. Thomas" seems to be unique to this series of books.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Joe Steele, pg. 36.
  2. Blood and Iron, pgs. 476-480.
  3. The Center Cannot Hold, pgs. 33-34.
Party political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Robert M. La Follette, Sr. (Progressive Party)
Socialist Party of America presidential candidate
1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1948 (lost all)
Succeeded by
Darlington Hoopes
Political offices
(Southern Victory)
Preceded by
Unknown
Assistant Secretary of War for the United States
1921-1929
Succeeded by
Unknown
next known is
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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