Denver, the Man: The Life, Letters, and Public Papers of the Lawyer, Soldier, and Statesman

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G.C. Barns, 1949 - Legislators - 372 pages
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George C. Barns "Denver the Man" (1950) Shenandoah Publishing House, Inc., Strasburg, VA, 372 pages.
“Denver the Man” is a biography of James W. Denver, the man who Denver, Colorado was named after
but James Denver was important in many other ways. In his 74+ years of life James Denver was a schoolteacher, a lawyer (in OH, MO, CA, and DC), a newspaper editor (in OH, MO and CA), a Captain in Winfield Scott’s Army in Mexico, a CA state senator, a CA Secretary of State, a US Congressman from CA, the US Commissioner of Indian Affairs, the Territorial Governor of Kansas and a Civil War Brigadier General. A life long Democrat, he was politically active throughout his life and had important impacts on California, Kansas, and Ohio. He was a major force in many arenas.
This book is the product of may years of careful research by George C. Barns and contains transcripts of large numbers of Gen. Denver’s personal letters and other documents from most phases of his life.
It should interest to scholars studying:
• History of Denver Colorado
• History of Ohio in the 19th century
• The Mexican War
• California History
• Congressional debate during the mid 1850s
• American Indian Affairs in the late 1850s
• Bleeding Kansas and the Missouri-Kansas Border War
• Congressional debate during the mid 1850s
• The American Civil War politics
• The American Civil War, Siege of Corinth and occupation of Tennessee
• Law firms that sought compensation for cotton,
and other goods confiscated during the Civil War
It is readable but often tedious with excessive detail. The vary traits that make it a great source for scholars make it a lot of work for an ordinary interested reader.
George C. Barns describes James W. Denver as having been his hero in his boyhood years and the book reflects this. It is not an unbiased presentation of Denver’s life. The writing also is reflects the views of an elderly man from a small Midwestern town in the 1940s with no formal background in the study of history. However, The presentation of transcripts of large numbers of documents makes this a very valuable source of information.


Chapter OneAncestry and Emigration to America
Chapter TwoLawyer Editor and Soldier a Captain
Chapter ThreeWestward the Course of Empire

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