Marcus Alonzo Hanna; His Life and Work

General Books, 2013 - 186 頁
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ... chapter xxviii conclusion A Discriminating estimate of Mark Hanna's public career must account, first of all, for the apparent disproportion be-"' tween what he achieved and what he proposed or was equipped to achieve. He had no more training for public life than hundreds of other business men who dabbled in politics. His own will, strong as it was, and his abilities, exceptional as they were, account for only a certain portion of his success. To be sure, he willed and contrived the nomination of McKinley, just as he willed and contrived many other deeds which were of decisive importance in his career. But he did not plan his.own political self-aggrandizement. Dominant as was his instinct for leadership, he never sought to concentrate in big own hands the various strings ot nis personal power. Throughout his career his ettective influence gathered momentum from forces independent ot its original source and of his own conscious purposes. Like a tropical bamboo, it derived mucn "of its new growth from shoots which were rooted in fresh soil. Both he and his friends were amazed at his own triumphal progress; and they may well have been amazed, because his career was without precedent and is not likely to have any imitators. Inasmuch as Mark Hanna was not a usurper and his career was not a tour de force, only one explanation will account for his peculiar success. He must have embodied in his own life and purposes some vital American social and economic tradition, which gave his personality, individual as it was, something more than an individual meaning and impulse; and he must have embodied this tradition all the more effectively because he was not more than half conscious of it. Mark Hanna could not represent anything unless he himself was...

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