Fighting Liberal: The Autobiography of George W. Norris

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21
DEFEAT OF THE LEAGUE

MY TERM IN THE SENATE, expired in 1918.

Deeply distressed by war critics, I thought seriously of quitting public life and even wrote to Norris Huse in New York City, the son of a pioneer Nebraska newspaperman, who was in charge of the Associated Press feature service, inquiring about the possibility of establishing a law practice in the nation's largest community. I had no well defined plan of seeking reelection until shortly ahead of the primary.

Both the primary campaign and the general election took the expected lines. My course in the filibuster and my vote on the war declaration were the chief targets for attack. The fact that I had given constant support to all steps in the war was ignored. I won an easy primary victory; and in the general election, held just six days before the armistice, I defeated Governor John H. Morehead, the Democratic nominee, and a very popular and able man, by a vote of 120,086 to 99,690. Mr. Morehead always had commanded substantial Republican support, and under the circumstances the result had promised to be much closer.

Then swiftly and incredibly the news of the Armistice turned loose a tumult of joyous rejoicing.

My spirits rose at the thought mass slaughter was over. I could see in the weeks and months ahead the legions of young Americans returning to their firesides.

The happiness of those weeks was short-lived.

There had been so little discussion and thought on the problems of peace. In the British Isles, Lloyd George had concluded a suc-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword George Norris and the Liberal Tradition v
  • Acknowledgment xvii
  • Introduction xxi
  • Contents xxv
  • Illustrations xxvii
  • 1 - An Ohio Farm 1
  • 2 - My Mother 9
  • 3 - Early Education 20
  • 4 - On to Valparaiso 29
  • 5 - The L.U.N. (lunatics Under Norris) 39
  • 6 - Washington Territory 46
  • 7 - A Law Practice 53
  • 8 - An Ardent Republican 59
  • 9 - Conceptions of Justice 69
  • 10 - Marriage and Home 78
  • 11 - Reluctant Decision 88
  • 12 - Payne-Aldrich Tariff Bill 99
  • 13 - The Unhorsing of Speaker Cannon 107
  • 14 - The Archbald Impeachment 120
  • 15 - The Party Rawhide 129
  • 16 - For the Grand Old Party 142
  • 17 - No Friendly Atmosphere 154
  • 18 - Hetch Hetchy 162
  • 19 - Death Kiss by Filibuster 173
  • 20 - Declaration of War 188
  • 21 - Defeat of the League 202
  • 22 - Senate Seat for Sale 214
  • 23 - Teapot Dome 224
  • 24 - Lonely Pilgrimage 234
  • 25 - A Second Emancipation 245
  • 26 - Tva in Existence 260
  • 27 - Relief for the Farmer 278
  • 28 - Grocer Norris"" 286
  • 31 - The Lame Duck Amendment 328
  • 32 - Unicameral Legislature 344
  • 33 - Limitations Upon Voting 356
  • 34 - America Taking Shape 368
  • 35 - Steps Toward Peace 379
  • 36 - Lend-Lease 390
  • 37 - Inflation 396
  • 38 - By Way of Farewell 401
  • Index 411
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