Speeches (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from Speeches Mr. President: The 63rd General Assembly, with its preponderating majority, could have enacted partisan legislation with reference to the proposed statue, but, rising above partisanship, the majority of your committee on federal relations has offered the name of one who dates back of present political divisions and whose life towers above party prejudice. Let it be observed of all men, therefore, that the partisan discussion upon this occasion has been injected by the minority insisting upon a substitute report favoring a distinct partisan. I appeal to you to vote down the minority report. The hall in which the house of representatives used to meet for deliberation has fittingly been set aside as the recipient of historic symbols, the statues of great men of the United States. In order that it might be like the Hall of Congress, itself truly representative of all parts of the United States, Congress provided by resolution, on July 2, 1864, that the president of the United States should invite the several states of the Union each to contribute two statues. Some of the statues have been placed there by the Nation, some by private contribution. For the most part the states have followed the custom of selecting at least one pioneer hero. They have also followed the custom of selecting one military hero, and one who has distinguished himself in civil life. It is, therefore, both a matter of precedent and of propriety for our State to select at least one pioneer military hero. That legislative hall of immortals coming back from the spirit world symbolized in enduring marble is already fairly representative of our national creation, growth and preservation, but it is not complete. Washington is there - the father of his country - and with him are Roger Sherman, the patriot, the signer, and Jonathan Trumbull, Washington's friend and adviser, whom he called "Brother Jonathan." John P. Muhlenberg is there, the man who left his pulpit to support Washington in arms. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.