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 by way of a college professor.
Simply directory his actions unearths the flexibility of this amazing guy. He held posts as professor at Texas Christian collage and the college of Texas, as professor and dean on the collage of Chicago for a quarter-century, and as professor of citizenship and philosophy at Syracuse college for 8 years.
An autonomous Democrat, he spent 4 years within the Illinois country Senate earlier than being elected to the U.S. condo of Representatives as congressman at huge from Illinois.
He served as deepest ("no class") in global battle I; he held the rank of colonel in global struggle II and was once an army governor with the Allied keep watch over fee in Sicily and Italy, was once Director of Democratization for pick out 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 among its such a lot common individuals, he grew to become one in every of radio's best-known personalities. He used to be editor of the foreign magazine of Ethics, and his democratic knowledge has chanced on expression in additional than twenty books and in 1000s of articles.
In open discussion board he usually tilted with such competitors 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 once they hampered his look for fact, and his stout moral sense challenged all comers. lengthy involvement with humans of many principles, backgrounds, and pursuits so permeated his pondering that his message was once to and for all of the US. He stated real occasions that impact genuine people, illuminating his impressions with sensitivity and understanding.
T. V. Smith's tale has center and imaginative and prescient. It manifests, in nearly equivalent parts, poetic mind's eye, resourcefulness, unlimited power, public carrier, and delight. Early in existence Smith set his center no longer on amassing fabric possessions yet on researching how women and men of each station and measure may have the blessing of a sane and moderate existence in an more and more complicated society. What he says here's witty and clever, "nuggets mined from the hills of lifestyles . . . the dwelling stuff of biography, the interior essence which transcends the realm of fact." In this kind of list lies democracy's top boast.
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