Representative And Leading Men Of The Pacific; Being Original Sketches Of The Lives And Characters…

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byOscar Tully Shuck

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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. 1870. Excerpt: ... DAVID C. BRODERICK. It is a remarkable absurdity for an American biography to commence with the humbleness of the birth of its subject. In this land, it is doubtful if the scion of any family can show a eoat-of-arms with quartering sufficient to entitle him to Maltese knighthood, or satisfactory to an Austrian chamberlain. Almost all family lines, pretentious or honest, will be found not only " waxed at the other end," but nearer still to the gentle propositus, " by some plebeian vocation." There is something ridiculous in the long, barren lines of Ebenezers and Ezekiels hung about the loins of Mayflower progenitors that, like the strings of dried fruit in a New England kitchen, form the pride of the inglorious but not mute Puritan genealogical minds. It is not how long the trailing root has crept below the shallow soil, but how high the oak towers above, that measures our admiration of ancestral qualifications. Nor is gentility south of Mason and Dixon's line substantial enough to bear the pruning of a heraldic visitation. American agrarianism has proved too much for primogeniture and landed chiefs; and Sir Bernard Burke would look with no small degree of suspicion at even the most flourishing family tree, however illustrated by Virginian generosity or the punctiliousness of South Carolinian honor. David Colbrith Broderick. therefore, need not piteously and in forma pauperis claim additional credit for obstacles surmounted by him as a poor man in a land where all start alike comparatively equally light in purse and family influence. r One fact, however, might be noted: ho was of Irish extraction. No Yankee angularity marred and narrowed his soul at the outset in life; no Calvinistic superstition or bigotry barred his mind to generous impressions; no New ...

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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. 1870. Excerpt: ... DAVID C. BRODERICK. It is a remarkable absurdity for an American biography to commence with the humbleness of the birth of its...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:238 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.5 inPublished:January 30, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217987605

ISBN - 13:9780217987608

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