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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 via a school professor.

Simply directory his actions finds the flexibility of this notable 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 autonomous Democrat, he spent 4 years within the Illinois country Senate ahead of being elected to the U.S. condo of Representatives as congressman at huge from Illinois.

He served as inner most ("no class") in international warfare I; he held the rank of colonel in international battle II and was once an army governor with the Allied regulate fee in Sicily and Italy, used to be Director of Democratization for pick out 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 widespread members, he turned certainly one of radio's best-known personalities. He was once editor of the overseas magazine of Ethics, and his democratic knowledge has chanced on expression in additional than twenty books and in 1000's 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 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 after they hampered his look for fact, and his stout moral sense challenged all comers. lengthy involvement with humans of many rules, backgrounds, and pursuits so permeated his considering that his message was once to and for all of the US. He noted real events that have an effect on genuine 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 provider, and satisfaction. 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 may have the blessing of a sane and average lifestyles in an more and more advanced society. What he says this is witty and clever, "nuggets mined from the hills of existence . . . the residing stuff of biography, the interior essence which transcends the area of fact." In this kind of list lies democracy's most sensible boast.

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