Fighting Liberal: The Autobiography of George W. Norris

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24
LONELY PILGRIMAGE

I CONSIDER THE FIGHT to defeat William S. Vare as Republican senator elect from Pennsylvania to have been one of the most satisfying struggles of that era of reaction.

He had become the Republican nominee in 1926.

Largely unknown nationally, except as the dubious, legendary head of the Vare Republican machine in Philadelphia, he had developed great power in the state. His organization was most effective and efficient; its methods, most disgraceful.

In the primaries Mr. Vare had defeated Governor Pinchot for the nomination and it was the lavishness of the expenditures in his behalf, estimated at hundreds of thousands of dollars, together with voting frauds in Philadelphia, that crystallized belief throughout the country he had obtained his nomination by disreputable, illegal, and disgraceful methods.

There were many Republicans of national reputation who openly condemned the practices of the Vare machine. There was great agitation, which unfortunately ended at that point, without any common-sense proposal of a solution. In the Republican party especially, there was no definite program to curb the recognized abuses of the Vare machine.

The Democrats of Pennsylvania had nominated William B. Wilson. Mr. Wilson had grown up from babyhood in the ranks of labor and had become one of its leaders of the highest standing. As such he was elected to Congress, where his keen mind, fairness, and rugged honesty brought him recognition among his colleagues. Then President Wilson appointed him to the cabinet--to the univer-

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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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