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By T. V. Smith

Born in a log cabin on a Texas prairie in 1890, T. V. Smith—distinguished thinker, instructor, flesh presser, lecturer, and editor—left an imprint at the 20th century seldom equaled through a school professor.

Simply directory his actions unearths the flexibility of this notable guy. He held posts as professor at Texas Christian collage and the collage of Texas, as professor and dean on the collage of Chicago for a quarter-century, and as professor of citizenship and philosophy at Syracuse collage for 8 years.

An self sustaining Democrat, he spent 4 years within the Illinois country Senate earlier than being elected to the U.S. condominium of Representatives as congressman at huge from Illinois.

He served as inner most ("no class") in global battle I; he held the rank of colonel in international struggle II and was once an army governor with the Allied regulate fee in Sicily and Italy, used to be Director of Democratization for opt for German Prisoners of warfare, and used to be a member of the U.S. schooling undertaking to Germany and Japan.

As a founding father of the Chicago around desk of the Air and one in every of its so much common members, he turned one among radio's best-known personalities. He used to be editor of the foreign magazine of Ethics, and his democratic knowledge has stumbled on expression in additional than twenty books and in 1000s of articles.

In open discussion board he usually tilted with such rivals as Robert A. Taft, Clarence Darrow, Harry Gideonse, Will Durant, and Norman Thomas. He used to be an orator of nationwide renown. He held seven levels from as many institutions.

A maverick, highbrow in addition to political, Smith by no means feared to strike off the shackles of conventionality and dogma after they hampered his look for fact, and his stout sense of right and wrong challenged all comers. lengthy involvement with humans of many principles, backgrounds, and pursuits so permeated his considering that his message used to be to and for all of the United States. He observed genuine events that impact genuine people, illuminating his impressions with sensitivity and understanding.

T. V. Smith's tale has middle and imaginative and prescient. It manifests, in nearly equivalent parts, poetic mind's eye, resourcefulness, unlimited power, public provider, and satisfaction. Early in lifestyles Smith set his middle now not on amassing fabric possessions yet on researching how women and men of each station and measure may have the blessing of a sane and average existence in an more and more advanced society. What he says here's witty and clever, "nuggets mined from the hills of lifestyles . . . the residing stuff of biography, the internal essence which transcends the area of fact." In this type of list lies democracy's most sensible boast.

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