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 striking guy. He held posts as professor at Texas Christian college 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 collage for 8 years.
An self sufficient Democrat, he spent 4 years within the Illinois nation Senate ahead of being elected to the U.S. residence of Representatives as congressman at huge from Illinois.
He served as deepest ("no class") in global conflict I; he held the rank of colonel in global struggle II and used to be an army governor with the Allied keep an eye on fee in Sicily and Italy, used to be Director of Democratization for decide upon German Prisoners of struggle, and was once 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 such a lot common contributors, he turned one in every of radio's best-known personalities. He used to be editor of the overseas magazine of Ethics, and his democratic knowledge has chanced on expression in additional than twenty books and in hundreds of thousands of articles.
In open discussion board he frequently tilted with such rivals as Robert A. Taft, Clarence Darrow, Harry Gideonse, Will Durant, and Norman Thomas. He was once 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 judgment of right and wrong challenged all comers. lengthy involvement with humans of many rules, backgrounds, and pursuits so permeated his considering that his message used to be to and for all of the US. He said genuine occasions that impact real humans, 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 now not on gathering fabric possessions yet on studying how women and men of each station and measure could have the blessing of a sane and moderate existence in an more and more advanced 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 one of these list lies democracy's most sensible boast.
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