Thomas J. Walsh in Joe SteeleEdit
Thomas J. Walsh was the chairman of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1932. It was an unruly convention, and saw days of voting as the field narrowed to Representative Joe Steele of California and Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York. On the second day, Roosevelt had a slight lead. However, Roosevelt was killed in fire in the Executive Mansion in Albany. When he was informed, Roosevelt's field-boss James Farley had no choice but to alert Chairman Walsh and release the New York delegation to vote as it saw fit. Joe Steele won the nomination.
Walsh is not specifically identified as the chairman, but the novel's Point of Divergence should not have affected his status at this point.
| Political offices|
Joseph M. Dixon
|United States Senator from Montana|
| Succeeded by|
John E. Erickson