Five Famous Missourians; Authenticated Biographical Sketches of Samuel L. Clemens, Richard P. Bland, Champ Clark, James M. Greenwood, and Joseph O. Shelby

Five Famous Missourians; Authenticated Biographical Sketches of Samuel L. Clemens, Richard P. Bland, Champ Clark, James M. Greenwood, and Joseph O. Shelby

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...While Clark was teaching in the public chools of Kentucky, Mr. William Stevens, locally known as "Uncle Billie" Stevens, of Camden, Anderson County, Kentucky, offered to educate Clark at any college in America or Europe if he would become a preacher in the Christian Church, and on another occasion offered him the education and one-half of his estate, then considered a large one, 'so to do; both of which generous offers he declined, intending all the time to become a lawyer. These offers of "Uncle Billie" were very tempting and would have saved Mr. Clark a great deal of hard work, some years of time, and many vicissitudes. He was a tall, lank, awkward, green, gawk-vboy. All his worldly possessions consisted of $150 and a gold watch worth about $7 5, which he had earned by teaching school--a small beginning for a college education. The acceptance of "Uncle Billie's" proposition would have made his way easy; but, while Clark always regarded the ministry of the gospel as the highest vocation known among men, he declined the tempting overtures for fear that, when fully grown-up, he might not have his whole heart in preaching, which Mr. 'Clark deemed right and essential to success in the ministry. But if "Uncle Billie" Stevens did not succeed in ' making a preacher out of Clark, he did make a Sunday school teacher and superintendent of him. While he was teaching the public school at Camden, he boarded with "Uncle Billie," and the latter persisted until he succeeded in getting Clark to first teach a class, and eventually he was chosen superintendent of the organi zation. As in almost everything else, he made a success of it. He taught the children music--the roundnote system--'in...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236961803
  • 9781236961808