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Who wrote this? - AussieMick - 04-24-2018 07:34 AM

In November 1861,
"During the last two decades the singular practice developed in the United States of not electing to the presidency any man who occupied an authoritative position in his own party. The names of such men, it is true, were utilised for election demonstrations, but as soon as it came to actual business, they were dropped and replaced by unknown mediocrities of merely local influence. In this manner Polk, Pierce, Buchanan, etc., became Presidents. Likewise Abraham Lincoln. General Andrew Jackson was in fact the last President of the United States who owed his office to his personal importance, whilst all his successors owed it, on the contrary, to their personal unimportance."

RE: Who wrote this? - RJNorton - 04-24-2018 07:46 AM

Wild guess --> Giuseppe Garibaldi.

RE: Who wrote this? - AussieMick - 04-24-2018 07:58 AM

(04-24-2018 07:46 AM)RJNorton Wrote:  Wild guess --> Giuseppe Garibaldi.
Not too wild ... but also not correct, Roger.

As Roger thought, the writer's first language was not English. But he later became very proficient in it (alarmingly so, IMO).

He wrote articles (though the above quoted text was NOT included in one of these) for a US newspaper which (apparently) was the first one to include a regular section of literary reviews.

RE: Who wrote this? - RJNorton - 04-24-2018 09:22 AM

Maybe Tsar Alexander II (?)

RE: Who wrote this? - Wild Bill - 04-24-2018 10:36 AM

Karl Marx

RE: Who wrote this? - AussieMick - 04-24-2018 06:12 PM

Well done, Bill. And sorry for delay (I've only just got up).

The Dismissal of Fremont This is a site (so if you prefer not to access it, I can understand)