Uncle Joe Cannon: The Story of a Pioneer American

Uncle Joe Cannon: The Story of a Pioneer American

Uncle Joe Cannon: The Story of a Pioneer American

Uncle Joe Cannon: The Story of a Pioneer American

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To the world Mr. Cannon was "Uncle Joe." It was the world's tribute of affection. It betokened both respect and intimacy. There have been few men in public life who have been so universally liked; even his opponents liked him after their broken heads were mended and that horrible moment when the club laid them low was forgotten. Men disagreed with him, but they admired him for his honesty, his integrity, his adherence to a code from which he never swerved. They brought many accusations against him; he was a "czar," autocratic in his rule of the House, in the hands of a small group of favorites, narrow, parsimonious in the expenditure of the public funds; but no one, even when passion ran highest, ever accused him of being governed by an unworthy motive or using public position to advance his private interests. He was stubborn, it was often said, but it was the stubbornness of honesty guided by principle.

The men who knew him were legion; but few knew the real man. There was in him a vein of emotion (it was the drop of French blood in his . . .

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