Five American Politicians; A Study In The Evolution Of American Politics. I. Aaron Burr, Father Of…

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906. Excerpt: ... L fertile and active mind fitted naturally into any tasks. He made a brilliant senator, if not a great one. He labored daily without ceasing, from five in the morning until midnight. As a committee worker he had no peer. But he did not originate one great measure. Hawasnota constructive statesman. His named'noTaTbTiccwijure-up in the popular mind a noble cause, it was not a synonym for a great purpose. Hje_was first a politician, next a lawyer, finally a lfiSig1fttiPr He never opened debate, but could most effectively close the discussion, his compact arguments summarizing in masterly manner the merits or faults of the cause. j But underneath this quiet surface were at work two great forces. One was the, ambition of Burr and the other the purpose vof Hamilton. The ambition of one was the presidential chair, the purpose of the other was the utter annihilation of that ambition: the ambition of one was wholly selfish, the purpose of the other was not untinged Lby jealousy. Several events will indicate the quiet but powerful flow of these counteracting forces. In those days the governorship of New York was one of the great political prizes. Its extensive patronage and opulent salary combined to make it a place of dignity and power, sought by the most distinguished men of the day. George Clinton had held the position for many terms and was a thorn in the side of the Federalists. In 1792 a plan was set on foot to nominate fc Burr, hoping thereby to unite the Feder-alists and the anti-Clinton following among the Republicans. Burr would undoubtedly have carried the state, but Hamilton prompt-ly refused to sanction his nomination and named John Jay for the honor. Clinton was reelected and offered Burr a place upon the Supreme Bench of the state, which was promptly...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906. Excerpt: ... L fertile and active mind fitted naturally into any tasks. He made a brilliant senator, if not a great one. He labored daily w...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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