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JOHN W. DANIEL (1842-)
ORTY years ago a private in Stonewall Jackson's brigade, and
to-day an United States Senator, with the reputation of being
one of the most eloquent men in the Upper House of Congress, we herewith present John Warwick Daniel to our readers. Born at Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1842, and a boy at school when the Civil War began, he lost no time in closing his books and taking his musket, finding ready entrance into Jackson's famous brigade. Beginning as a private, he left the army as a major, with several wounds to his credit, and again resorted to his books at the University of Virginia, making the law his study. His powers as an orator and activity as a politician soon led him to the Virginia legislature, in which he sat from 1869 to 1881. He here won a high reputation as an orator and statesman, and was made the Democratic nominee for Governor. Beaten in this contest, he was sent to Congress in 1884, and in 1885 succeeded General Mahone in the United States Senate. In this body he is one of the leaders among the Democratic members.
DEDICATION OF THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT [Loftiest among the architectural erections in the world stands the great monument to the “ Father of his Country," on an elevated situation in the National Capital. Of obelisk shape, and towering 555 feet in the air, it dominates the landscape for miles around. Projected early in the century, its completion and dedication came in 1885. We quote here from the eloquent oration made by Mr. Daniel in the hall of the House of Representatives, February 21, 1885, in honor of the important event, his glowing panegyric of Washington's work and character.]
No sum could now be made of Washington's character that did not exhaust language of its tributes and repeat virtue by all her names.
No sum could be made of his achievements that did not unfold the history of
PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT AS A POPULAR SPEAKER
TWO DISTINGUISHED PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SPEAKING