The Journalist, Reformer and Philanthropist

The Journalist, Reformer and Philanthropist

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...deference before great genius and vast learning; but, perhaps, he never more ably and earnestly served his countrymen than during the long, fierce contest over the Nebraska bill. The State of Ohio was then represented in the Senate by Salmon P. Chase and Benjamin F. Wade. The former afterwards became Secretary of the Treasury, and then Chief Justice of the United States. To conduct the financial affairs of the republic during the period Mr. Chase was Secretary was a task of incomparable difficulty; but Mr. Chase performed it with incomparable success. Yet it may be said that even this grand achievement of administrative ability was not greater than the forensic talents he displayed in the Senate during the Nebraska struggle. His colleague, " Bluff Ben. Wade," or " Old Ben. Wade," as he was familiarly called by people and press, rushed into the conflict with his accustomed abandon, and dashingly drove the enemy into confusion. Senator Seward's sublime serenity and sublime courage, his chivalric bearing, and his tremendous strength of statement were never more superbly manifested. He undoubtedly saw the present defeat and the future victory of freedom with equal clearness. Senator Fessenden, of Maine, who alone THE KNOW-NOTHING PARTY. 299 eould cope with Mr. Douglas in readiness and strength of argument in a running debate, and who surpassed the great Illinoisan in culture and in the use of wit and humour, gave zest, liveliness, piquancy to a discussion to which the whole country listened with eager interest. The press gave to the exciting question fullness and independence of treatment which, perhaps, no question of politics had previously received. All the Northern States which had general elections in 1854, voted anti-Nebraska. Illinois more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 408g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123668074X
  • 9781236680747