Parties and Party Leaders

Parties and Party Leaders

Parties and Party Leaders

Parties and Party Leaders

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Anson Daniel Morse was born at Cambridge, Vermont, in 1846. His early education was received first at a district school near his home and later at Johnson Academy and St. Albans Union School. He then taught for a short time in a district school at Fairfax, Vermont, and entered Amherst College in 1866. His college course was interrupted by ill-health and he was graduated with the class of 1871. He taught in Williston Seminary from 1872 to 1875, and spent the year 1875-1876 in foreign study in German universities. In 1876 he began his work as a teacher at Amherst College. During the year 1876-1877 he was instructor in political economy; from 1877 to 1878 he was instructor in history; and from 1878 to 1892 professor of history and political economy. From 1892 to 1907 he was professor of history, and from 1907 until his death in 1916, professor emeritus of history.

Professor Morse was above all a student. He took a deep interest in politics, past and present. He wrote little, and, like Lord Acton, shrank from publishing the little that he wrote. Very early in his life he was attracted to the study of party and party government, and he continued his deep interest in that subject until his death. More than thirty years ago he planned a book on the general subject of party government, and he never wholly abandoned that design. A few years before his death he seriously considered the publication of the articles now printed in this book. He planned to revise them thoroughly, to deal especially with Jefferson and with Lincoln, whom he considered the two ideal party leaders for a democratic state, and to treat much more fully of the party history since 1876. Just at this time, however, the Great War came on. Morse's health had never been good . . .

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