Fighting Liberal: The Autobiography of George W. Norris

Fighting Liberal: The Autobiography of George W. Norris

Fighting Liberal: The Autobiography of George W. Norris

Fighting Liberal: The Autobiography of George W. Norris

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A veteran newspaperman, who has "covered" the White House and the deliberations of Congress for many years, said on a brief visit to Lincoln: "The life of Norris is the story of America at its best."

This is the mature and critical judgment, not only of one correspondent, but many of the men writing in Washington. It is true, the character of Senator George W. Norris of Nebraska has stamped itself permanently upon American political thought and action. His course so uniformly consistent--so faithfully consistent that friends and foes came to know what to expect of him--elevated him to rank as the outstanding liberal in Congress. Supporters and opponents could anticipate his position even before debate began or the roll call was taken. They knew the words he would speak, and they could foresee the vote he would cast.

That is the best measure of the extent to which he impressed his character upon the American public.

Ohio, his State of birth, almost as much as Virginia, has the right to be known as "The Mother of Presidents." Only Virginia has given more sons to the White House.

From Ohio came Ulysses S. Grant, commander of the Union army; Hayes, who was born on the fringes of the same section that gave birth to Senator Norris; Garfield, who kindled the boyish imagination of Norris; McKinley, whose Republicanism captivated the ardent young partisan of those days; Taft, during whose administration the young prairie insurgent was to lead his first brave fight against reaction; and Harding, during whose administration Senator Norris made some of his most gallant fights against reactionary tendencies in government.

There is some basis in the record for the conclusion that Ohio's greatest contribution to American government came from a son . . .

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