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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.

- Molly Driscoll, Monitor contributor

4. Thomas E. Dewey

Dewey, who was the Republican nominee for president in both 1944 and 1948, was not only responsible for taking Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon under his wing but also for persuading fellow Republicans to resign themselves to the reforms passed by the New Deal. In addition, Dewey helped rid New York of many powerful criminals – Charles "Lucky" Luciano was one – during his time as a prosecuting attorney.


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