The Life and Letters of Roscoe Conkling: Orator, Statesman, Advocate

The Life and Letters of Roscoe Conkling: Orator, Statesman, Advocate

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The Life and Letters of Roscoe Conkling: Orator, Statesman, Advocate

The Life and Letters of Roscoe Conkling: Orator, Statesman, Advocate

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The biography of Roscoe Conkling must be, to a large extent, the political history of New York and of the United States from the year 1866 to the year 1884. The best part of his life was spent in the service of the State and the nation. When he was elected to Congress, he had won reputation as an orator and an advocate. From that time, down to the year 1881--excepting the term of the Thirty-eighth Congress--he zealously served his country in the legislative branch of the general Government.

Mr. Conkling was so much misunderstood and so imperfectly appreciated by those who did not personally know him, that an exhaustive biography seems necessary.

Soon after his death a brief memorial was published by order of the Legislature of the State of New York; but it was deemed by many of his friends inadequate to commemorate the life and public services of one who, for so many years, was the recognized leader of the Republican party in his native State, and one of its champions in the nation. The effort has been conscientiously made to set right, before a busy people, one whose repugnance to denying newspaper rumors and calumnies, and whose hatred of personal explanations, have allowed the world to remain in ignorance of his true character.

He is known chiefly as a public rather than as a pro-

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