The Wizard of Washington

Emil Hurja, Franklin Roosevelt, and the Birth of Public Opinion Polling


Author: M. Holli

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137095474

Category: History

Page: 164

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Historians have tended to point to John F. Kennedy's 1960 bid for the presidency as the first time a candidate relied extensively on public opinion polls to drive a campaign. Polling has come to define American politics, and is perhaps most clearly embodied in Bill Clinton, the post poll-driven president in history. Melvin G. Holli dismisses this notion, however, and reveals that presidential reliance on public opinion polls dates back to the New Deal Era, when Franklin Roosevelt employed a first-generation Finnish-American named Emil Hurja to conduct polls for this 1932 and 1936 presidential campaigns. Holli shows us how Hurja convinced the Democratic National Committee to allow him to apply the new science of polling FDR's presidential campaign of 1932. Roosevelt's triumph at the polls in that year and again in 1936, as well as the spectacular 1934 Democratic mid-term congressional victory was legendary. Holli restores Hurja to his rightful place in American history and politics, showing us that the Washington press corps were right on target when they dubbed Hurja the 'Wizard of Washington'.

By the Skin of His Teeth: The Story of Thomas Durham: Pioneer, Musician


Author: Paul Denis Durham


ISBN: 0615357628

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 126

View: 9583

The story of a Mormon pioneer who triumphed over hardship, came to a new land, established a settlement in a new territory, became a renowned musician and teacher, local businessman, and church leader. Includes a sketch of his life written by his son, Alfred M. Durham and Thomas Durham's personal journal covering the years 1854 to 1871.

History of the Manufacture of Iron in All Ages

And Particularly in the United States from Colonial Time to 1891


Author: James Moore Swank

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108026842

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 580

View: 6322

James Moore Swank (1832-1914) was a US expert on iron and steel, and wrote widely about the industry. In 1873 he became secretary of the American Iron and Steel Association. This second edition (1892) of his influential book on iron manufacture was significantly expanded compared to the 1884 original, with 132 more pages, 15 extra chapters, and revisions throughout the text. Swank aimed to move away from the highly technical approach and European focus that had dominated previous works. Instead, he would emphasise names, dates, facts and results, and give special attention to the growth of the industry in the United States while providing an international context. He includes every country and US state that produced iron. The book is organised chronologically, and provides a fascinating account of the manufacture of iron from the ancient Egyptian period through early modern Britain to late nineteenth-century America.

Michigan's County Courthouses


Author: John Fedynsky

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472117289

Category: Architecture

Page: 201

View: 7474

“Whether you are an attorney, a Michigan history buff, or a lover of architecture, you will find this book is a valuable resource.” ---Michigan Bar Journal John Fedynsky documents in narrative and photos every county courthouse of Michigan's eighty-three counties, as well as the Michigan Hall of Justice. These buildings are symbols: physically they stand, but figuratively they speak. They embody the purposes for which they were created: law, order, justice, and the promise of a better tomorrow. Fedynsky tells the story of each building. For Michigan, the typical evolution begins in the cabin, tavern, or hotel of a prominent local settler and progresses through incarnations of simple log or wooden clapboard, and then opulent stone or brick, before the structure arrives in modern and utilitarian form. But there are myriad exceptions to this rule, and they add to the diversity of Michigan's county courthouses. In Fedynsky's descriptions, verifiable facts and local lore weave together in dramatic tales of outrageous crime, courtroom intrigue, backroom dealing, jury determination, and judicial prerogative. Released jail inmates assist with evacuating and extinguishing a courthouse fire, residents during a natural disaster seek and find physical refuge behind the sure walls of the courthouse, and vigilant legions of homebound defenders are stationed in wartime throughout the courthouse towers scanning the skies for signs of foreign aircraft. Then there are the homey touches that emphasize the "house" half of Michigan's courthouses: local folks dropping off plants in the courthouse atrium to use it as a winter greenhouse, cows grazing on the public square, county fairs in or near the courthouse, and locally made artwork hanging in public hallways. The courthouses bear within their walls a richness of soul endowed by the good people who make each one special. John Fedynsky is a former research attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals in Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert H. Cleland, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Fedynsky currently practices civil law as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan. Cover design by Heidi Dailey Cover photos: John Fedynsky

Men, Mines and Memories

Iron Mining in Iron County, Michigan


Author: Marcia A. Bernhardt,Harold Bernhardt,Debra E. Bernhardt

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780967723013

Category: Iron County (Mich.)

Page: 108

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A History of Muhlenberg County (Kentucky)


Author: Otto Arthur Rothert

Publisher: Heritage Books

ISBN: 0788404547

Category: History

Page: 518

View: 8677

This book tracks the history of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, from its first white settlers in the late 18th century up through the first years of the 20th century. There are also biographical sketches of Muhlenberg men who fought in the War of 1812 or the

I Love You Truly


Author: Max Morath

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595530176

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

View: 4216

In her 1927 autobiography Carrie Jacobs-Bond wrote: "The only thing that seems to me at all remarkable about my life is that I was nearly thirty-two years old before I even thought of having a career." After years of research I have concluded, on the contrary, that everything about her life was remarkable. A divorcee, then a widow, she was nearly forty years old before her music lifted her out of poverty. She went on to make a fortune as her own publisher, becoming an international celebrity, world traveler, friend of the rich and famous, sometime vaudeville star, and a charitable woman who gave away most of her money before she died. The woman's life needs to be revisited. Her own book was long on anecdotes and platitudes but short on times and places, and on the secrets of her heart. I have filled in some of the blank pages in her life's story by creating this new autobiography. Names and places and dates within reach of my research are faithfully employed. The rest is an affectionate and studied re-telling of her life, knit together by a man who never met Carrie Jacobs-Bond but has been under her spell ever since he sang "I Love You Truly" in 7th grade Boys' Glee Club. MAX MORATH EDITOR: USE THIS QUOTE BOTTOM BACK PAGE: Morath brings to everything he touches a keen intelligence and encyclopedic knowledge of every aspect, musical and otherwise, of late 19th and early 20th century Americana. New York Post

The Story of Coal and Iron in Alabama


Author: Ethel Armes,James R. Bennett

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 0817356827

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 581

View: 7009

Originally published: Birmingham, Ala.: Pub. under auspices of the Chamber of commerce, 1910.

Michigan Off the Beaten Path®

A Guide to Unique Places


Author: Jim Dufresne,Jackie Sheckler Finch

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493001728

Category: Travel

Page: 288

View: 835

Michigan Off the Beaten Path features the things travelers and locals want to see and experience––if only they knew about them. From the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales, Michigan Off the Beaten Path takes the reader down the road less traveled and reveals a side of Michigan that other guidebooks just don't offer.