CitySketch – Seward

“One of those spirits who sometimes will go ahead of public opinion instead of tamely following its footprints.” Carl Shulz, of William Seward William H. Seward – Billy Bob to his friends, of which there were none – was the 24th Secretary of the United States. If you’re going to be a secretary, the UnitedContinue reading “CitySketch – Seward”

CitySketch – Chester Arthur

On July 22, 1881, for the second time in 16 years the president of the United States was assassinated. Both times the victim was a Republican, a party that was not yet 30 years old. This time it was James Garfield. Unlike Lincoln, Garfield’s death didn’t follow quickly. He lived for more than two months,Continue reading “CitySketch – Chester Arthur”

CitySketch – Roscoe Conkling

Roscoe Conkling was a Republican back when that meant being a supporter of the rights and dignity of African-Americans. He was also a believer in temperance and didn’t drink or smoke. The only vice he seemed to enjoy was having sex with married women. He was mayor of Utica before becoming a US Representative andContinue reading “CitySketch – Roscoe Conkling”