Carter Glass: A Biography

Carter Glass: A Biography

Carter Glass: A Biography

Carter Glass: A Biography

Excerpt

Samuel Butler said a long time ago that "Every man's work is always a picture of himself."

This book is a story of Carter Glass at work for seventy years. It is a fascinating and inspiring story, alive with varied incident, touched with sentiment, tense with vital decisions and dramatic in the recital of political contests and spirited debates.

From the beginning Glass was a fighter, brave, fearless and capable. The little boy, who was called "Pluck" seventy years ago, still maintains his title, the day this is written, in a committee debate on the national currency.

Glass never chose the easier way. From the day when General Lee surrendered and Glass, a boy of seven, refused to give the road to the first Yankee cavalrymen he had ever seen, he began to realize that freedom is a challenge. He accepted the challenge and worked his way from compositor to reporter, from reporter to editor and from editor to owner and publisher of prosperous newspapers.

Busy as he was he found time to read Plato, Burke and Shakespeare and to absorb the political philosophy of Thomas Jefferson. All the while he was enlarging his vocabulary -- writing down for study every word he did not understand -- until he came to public life equipped with a versatile forensic style. He never talks unless he knows what he is talking about, but, when he does, he presents his case with a picturesqueness and persuasiveness that compel attention.

Someone has said that it takes a strong man to pass successfully from one era to another. Glass had the strength to survive the poverty and oppression of Reconstruction and to unU+0AD

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