5 of America's best presidential losers

From Scott Farris's book 'Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race but Changed the Nation,' here are five candidates who missed out on the Oval Office but still made their mark on US history.

3. Al Smith

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John F. Kennedy was America's first Catholic president, but Smith was the first Catholic presidential nominee when he ran against Herbert Hoover in 1928, a time when many Americans were still openly anti-Catholic. There were other reasons for Smith's defeat, such as the nation's contentment under a Republican administration, but the margin by which Smith lost and the bigotry he faced during his campaign caused anger among Catholics and ultimately led to a decrease in anti-Catholic feeling over the next decades.

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