The Leading Orators of Twenty-Five Campaigns, from the First Presidential Canvass to the Present Time

The Leading Orators of Twenty-Five Campaigns, from the First Presidential Canvass to the Present Time

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...he removed to Indiana with his mother and her second husband, a Mr. Matthews, and settled with them in St. Joseph County. Here young Colfax for four years again served as clerk in the village of New Carlisle, and when he had reached his eighteenth year he was appointed deputy county auditor; and for the better fulfilment of his official duties, he removed to the county town, South Bend, where he has lived ever since. Here, in this new position, he was enveloped in a political atmosphere which he imbibed freely. He talked and thought, and began to print his views from time to time in the local newspapers of the place. He possessed a happy faculty of dealing fairly and at the same time pleasantly with every phase of a political question, and with all sorts of men; and his speeches and writings were regarded rather the impartial charge of a judge than the utterances of a partisan advocate. In 1845 ne became proprietor and editor of the S(. Joseph Valley Register, the local paper of South Bend. This was his first venture and if hope had been lacking the prospect would have foreboded a sorry future. He was a youth of just over twenty-one, and had but two hundred and fifty subscribers. But young Colfax had hope, and, what was far more important, remarkable tact and capacity for his laborious profession. At the end of the first year of his paper he was $1375 in debt. There is a peculiar fatality which ever hovers over such enterprises, and its blighting hand had reached out for young Colfax's journal; but with one hand he shielded it from the monster's grasp, and with the other he nurtured it to productive life. A few years afterward the office was burned down, and the uninsured editor was left to begin his business over again. "Besides...
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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 123690950X
  • 9781236909503