Being the Portraits and Biographies of the Progressive Men of the West ...

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Reading the short histories of professional men who empowered, financed, and made the US West and world what it was since pioneer times, also renders narrative about the struggles and hardships that these men surmounted as part of their professional talent. To some, politicians may seem the pinnacle of direction and the panners of the future, but that is not so, for the men depicted in this book, without guarantees or safety nets of any sort, used their hands and their minds to build and organize whatever necessary for the cause.
That could be finances, railroads, steel, coal mines, metal mines, contraptions to allow exploitation of natural resources or refined products. Millions of people wanted something, and it were these men that facilitated it, developed, invented, tinkered, and improved it; whether an actual hard object or a plan of action.
By reading about someone's accomplishments, challenges, pitfalls, one can gain inspiration or strength to reach and complete their own goals.

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Page 115 - It is evident that if the opportunity for the free and unlimited coinage of silver at the ratio of 16 to 1 had still existed, there would have been another sudden change in the actual monetary standard.
Page 281 - He then entered the Law Department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and was graduated from there in 1881.
Page 353 - Shriner, and a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is also a member of the Gamut Club.
Page 330 - California, from which he was graduated in 1900 with the degree of Bachelor of Letters. While in college Mr. Miller was made a member of the "Order of the Golden Bear," a senior honor society and the Greek letter fraternity of Alpha Delta Phi.
Page 367 - The news of his death was a great shock to his many friends in Pasadena and throughout Southern California.
Page 449 - From meager and most modest beginnings this concern has grown to be one of the most important of its kind in the country, selling its mechanism to piano manufacturers all over the country.
Page 472 - Maryland and Virginia ; including his services as chaplain in the French and Indian war, and in the war of the Revolution, 1716 to 1790.
Page 150 - Chapter of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. He is a member of the California Club of Los Angeles, the Bohemia Club and Sierra Club of San Francisco, the Denver Club of Denver, the Automobile Club of So.
Page 355 - Arts after four years, and two years later his degree of Bachelor of Laws. He was admitted to the practice of law, made "Solicitor and Barrister" by the Law Society of Upper Canada, June, 1890.
Page 251 - Medicine of the American Medical Association. He is also a member of the...

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