This eminent statesman was the greatest of all Georgia's distinguished sons. He was indeed a great man, a giant in intellect as well as in size. No one can look at the noble head and face of his portrait without being impressed with his greatness. And it is said that his large and well-proportioned person was equally impressive. There was, too, a charm in his brilliant conversation, and bright beaming countenance, which made his simplicity of person and manners perfectly fascinating. In South Carolina great injustice has been done William Harris Crawford, in consequence of his having been the rival of Mr. Calhoun for the Presidency, whilst they were both members of Mr. Monroe's cabinet. It is hard to do justice to a rival in love or in politics; and it is equally hard for the friends of rival candidates to appreciate their respective opponents.
It was the fashion in South Carolina forty or fifty years ago, to regard Mr. Crawford as an ambitious, cunning, and intriguing aspirant for the Presidency. There is no doubt that he possessed honorable ambition; but cunning and intrigue were foreign to his open-hearted, frank nature. His fine person, the simplicity of his manners, his great conversational powers, and correct views of our Federal and State Governments made him a favorite with all the members of Congress. They were anxious to nominate him for the Presidency in 1817, when Mr. Monroe was nominated in caucus. But he said to his friends, "nominate Mr. Monroe, I am young enough to wait!" And but for this, he would have been nominated in the Congressional caucus. Does this look like unholy ambition? The truth is that his