National Affairs: Disgrace, Ruin

Mrs. Florence E. S. Knapp, first woman ever elected to public office by statewide vote in New York, was last week sentenced to 30 days in the Albany County Jail. Her crime was grand larceny. In addition, her judge said that she had "persistently endeavored to defeat the ends of justice, and to carry out her purpose she was guilty not only of perjury but of subornation of perjury."

A lesser personage might have been more heavily punished. Mrs. Knapp was New York's Republican Secretary of State in 1925-27. In taking the State census she padded the payroll and forged check endorsements...

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