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Thomas Edmund Dewey (March 24, 1902 – March 16, 1971) was an American politician who served as the 34th President of the United States (1949–1957). Prior to his election to the presidency, Dewey served as the 47th Governor of New York (1943–1949), and as the District Attorney of New York County (1938–1942). In 1944, he was the Republican candidate for President, but lost to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the closest of Roosevelt's four presidential elections. He was again the Republican candidate in 1948, and defeated President Henry A. Wallace. After his tenure as President, Dewey was appointed as the 14th Chief Justice of the United States by Earl Warren after Chief Justice Harold Hitz Burton retired in 1958.
During the 1940's, Dewey represented the "Me-too Republicans"; a wing of the Republican Party that agreed with most of, if not all of the social programs being put in place during the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt.