TOPEKA, Kan. — Alfred M. (Alf) Landon, the Republican Party's revered 1936 presidential candidate, was buried Thursday next to his father in a private graveside ceremony.
The austerity of the public ceremony was jarred by the roar of four howitzers pouring forth a 19-gun salute which echoed against the south portico of the Statehouse, honoring the former governor, who died Monday a month after his 100th birthday.
Fifty-one years ago, that same stone facade had resounded with cheers from a crowd of 100,000 who listened to Landon accept the Republican presidential nomination. During Thursday's ceremony, Landon's casket rested on the south steps next to a plaque commemorating that speech.
Despite Landon's crushing defeat by incumbent President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936, the oilman and radio station owner had come to be considered a patriarch of the Republican Party and an informed, earthy observer of world events.