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Marse Henry (Volume 1) An Autobiography   By: (1840-1921)

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[Illustration: Henry Watterson (About 1908)]

"Marse Henry"

An Autobiography


Henry Watterson

Volume I


"Mansfield," 1919

A mound of earth a little higher graded: Perhaps upon a stone a chiselled name: A dab of printer's ink soon blurred and faded And then oblivion that that is fame!



Chapter the First

I Am Born and Begin to Take Notice John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson James K. Polk and Franklin Pierce Jack Dade and "Beau Hickman" Old Times in Washington

Chapter the Second

Slavery the Trouble Maker Break Up of the Whig Party and Rise of the Republican The Key Sickle's Tragedy Brooks and Sumner Life at Washington in the Fifties

Chapter the Third

The Inauguration of Lincoln I Quit Washington and Return to Tennessee A Run a bout with Forest Through the Federal Lines and a Dangerous Adventure Good Luck at Memphis

Chapter the Fourth

I Go to London Am Introduced to a Notable Set Huxley, Spencer, Mill and Tyndall Artemus Ward Comes to Town The Savage Club

Chapter the Fifth

Mark Twain The Original of Colonel Mulberry Sellers The "Earl of Durham" Some Noctes Ambrosianæ A Joke on Murat Halstead

Chapter the Sixth

Houston and Wigfall of Texas Stephen A. Douglas The Twaddle about Puritans and Cavaliers Andrew Johnson and John C. Breckenridge

Chapter the Seventh

An Old Newspaper Rookery Reactionary Sectionalism in Cincinnati and Louisville The Courier Journal

Chapter the Eighth

Feminism and Woman Suffrage The Adventures in Politics and Society A Real Heroine

Chapter the Ninth

Dr. Norvin Green Joseph Pulitzer Chester A. Arthur General Grant The Case of Fitz John Porter

Chapter the Tenth

Of Liars and Lying Woman Suffrage and Feminism The Professional Female Parties, Politics, and Politicians in America

Chapter the Eleventh

Andrew Johnson The Liberal Convention in 1872 Carl Schurz The "Quadrilateral" Sam Bowles, Horace White and Murat Halstead A Queer Composite of Incongruities

Chapter the Twelfth

The Ideal in Public Life Politicians, Statesmen and Philosophers The Disputed Presidency in 1876 The Persona and Character of Mr. Tilden His Election and Exclusion by a Partisan Tribunal


Henry Watterson (About 1908)

Henry Clay Painted at Ashland by Dodge for The Hon. Andrew Ewing of Tennessee The Original Hangs in Mr. Watterson's Library at "Mansfield"

W. P. Hardee, Lieutenant General C.S.A.

John Bell of Tennessee In 1860 Presidential Candidate "Union Party" "Bell and Everett" Ticket

Artemus Ward

General Leonidas Polk Lieutenant General C.S.A. Killed in Georgia, June 14, 1864 P. E. Bishop of Louisiana

Mr. Watterson's Editorial Staff in 1868 When the Three Daily Newspapers of Louisville Were United into the Courier Journal . Mr. George D. Prentice and Mr. Watterson Are in the Center

Abraham Lincoln in 1861. From a Photograph by M. B. Brady

Mrs. Lincoln in 1861


Chapter the First

I Am Born and Begin to Take Notice John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson James K. Polk and Franklin Pierce Jack Dade and "Beau Hickman" Old Times in Washington


I am asked to jot down a few autobiographic odds and ends from such data of record and memory as I may retain. I have been something of a student of life; an observer of men and women and affairs; an appraiser of their character, their conduct, and, on occasion, of their motives. Thus, a kind of instinct, which bred a tendency and grew to a habit, has led me into many and diverse companies, the lowest not always the meanest.

Circumstance has rather favored than hindered this bent. I was born in a party camp and grew to manhood on a political battlefield. I have lived through stirring times and in the thick of events. In a vein colloquial and reminiscential, not ambitious, let me recall some impressions which these have left upon the mind of one who long ago reached and turned the corner of the Scriptural limitation; who, approaching fourscore, does not yet feel painfully the frost of age beneath the ravage of time's defacing waves... Continue reading book >>

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