Marcus Alonzo Hanna: His Life and Work (Classic Reprint)

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The preparation of the material upon which the following account of Marcus Alonzo Hanna's life and work is based was attended with many difficulties. N o political leader of similar prominence in modern times has left such a slim public record of his characteristic achievements. He began his career as a politi cal manager whose work consisted, not in the advocacy of legis lative policies or in acts of public administration, but in political planning and negotiation, which only incidentally became a matter of public record. Throughout his career this aspect of his work remained of decisive importance. To give a full and accurate account of such plans and negotiations is almost an impossibility, and it is impossible, not merely because many of these negotia tions were essentially confidential, but because subsequent ao counts of them, even when given in good faith, can scarcely avoid some inaccuracy and partiality. Mr. Hanna's correspond ence also throws comparatively little light upon the critical decisions and moments of his career. The really decisive nego tiations were never committed to paper, and Mr. Hanna did not keep copies of many of the most important letters which he wrote and received.

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