Harry Golden was a famous author, lecturer, and civil rights advocate in the late 1950s. His fame brought much scrutiny to his past when a 1929 fraud conviction was brought into public light. His conviction, the result of shady stock market deal, led to a four year sentence in federal prison. While this did not harm Golden's new career, the original trial had damaged the career of Methodist bishop James Cannon who had been taken in by Golden's fake stock firm. In the 1928 election, Cannon had campaigned against anti-prohibitionist Al Smith and in retaliation, Senator Carter Glass used the scandal to weaken Cannon's political clout and moral authority.