1. Born in Harlem in 1877, Belle Moskowitz (née Lindner) enjoyed a successful career as a reformer, settlement worker, and labor mediator before becoming a force in Democratic politics in the 1920s. A close advisor to New York governor and presidential candidate Alfred E. Smith, by the 1928 elections she was the most powerful woman in the Democratic Party.
2. Belle’s parents, Jewish immigrants from East Prussia, owned a small jewelry store. Belle was educated in the New York City public schools and attended Teachers College at Columbia University. She specialized in teaching dramatics.
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