Private Joe Fifer

Private Joe Fifer : Memories of War and Peace Imparted in His Ninety-Sixth Year by Joseph W. Fifer at the Request of the Chicago Tribune and Recorded by James O'Donnell Bennett (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from "Private Joe" Fifer: Memories of War and Peace Imparted in His Ninety-Sixth Year by Joseph W. Fifer at the Request of the Chicago Tribune and Recorded by James O'donnell Bennett T 18 almost a half century since I went to Chicago to live. The first Governor of Illinois to be elected after my arrival was Joseph W. Fifer. I recall vividly people saying, What a pity it is that he will not live out his term. For he had been seriously wounded - almost mortally - in the siege of Vicks burg. And now surviving all his contemporaries, he is as alert mentally as anyone I know. I have often heard it said that the best guaranty of old age was to be an invalid when young, and then guard that invalidism throughout life. I had never heard that to be shot almost to pieces came within this principle. And yet Governor Fifer is a living proof that there may be something in the theory. I have visited Governor Fifer at his home in Bloomington once or twice a year for many years. To me it is always a de lightful and an inspiring experience. Most men of advanced age live in the past, inclined to be indifferent to passing events. Not so with the Governor. He is as keen about current affairs as he ever was. He is abreast of the best thought of the day. He is as concerned about the proper solution of public ques tions of the moment as he ever was in the past. Governor Fifer can give from personal experience a more accurate account of the important events of the last three quarters of a century than any other man of whom I know. He has played a not inconspicuous part in those events. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 124 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 7mm | 177g
  • Forgotten Books
  • United States
  • English
  • , black & white illustrations
  • 0243187173
  • 9780243187171