A Non-Existent Man: An Autobiography by T. V. Smith

By T. V. Smith

Born in a log cabin on a Texas prairie in 1890, T. V. Smith—distinguished thinker, instructor, baby-kisser, lecturer, and editor—left an imprint at the 20th century seldom equaled by means of a college professor.

Simply directory his actions unearths the flexibility of this awesome guy. He held posts as professor at Texas Christian collage and the collage of Texas, as professor and dean on the college of Chicago for a quarter-century, and as professor of citizenship and philosophy at Syracuse collage for 8 years.

An self sufficient Democrat, he spent 4 years within the Illinois country Senate earlier than being elected to the U.S. apartment of Representatives as congressman at huge from Illinois.

He served as inner most ("no class") in global battle I; he held the rank of colonel in global struggle II and used to be an army governor with the Allied keep an eye on fee in Sicily and Italy, used to be Director of Democratization for opt for German Prisoners of warfare, and was once a member of the U.S. schooling venture to Germany and Japan.

As a founding father of the Chicago around desk of the Air and one in all its such a lot common individuals, he grew to become certainly one of radio's best-known personalities. He used to be editor of the overseas magazine of Ethics, and his democratic knowledge has discovered expression in additional than twenty books and in 1000s of articles.

In open discussion board he usually tilted with such rivals as Robert A. Taft, Clarence Darrow, Harry Gideonse, Will Durant, and Norman Thomas. He was once an orator of nationwide renown. He held seven levels from as many institutions.

A maverick, highbrow in addition to political, Smith by no means feared to strike off the shackles of conventionality and dogma once they hampered his look for fact, and his stout sense of right and wrong challenged all comers. lengthy involvement with humans of many principles, backgrounds, and pursuits so permeated his pondering that his message used to be to and for all of the US. He pointed out genuine events that have an effect on real humans, illuminating his impressions with sensitivity and understanding.

T. V. Smith's tale has middle and imaginative and prescient. It manifests, in nearly equivalent parts, poetic mind's eye, resourcefulness, unlimited power, public carrier, and satisfaction. Early in existence Smith set his center no longer on amassing fabric possessions yet on getting to know how women and men of each station and measure could have the blessing of a sane and average lifestyles in an more and more advanced society. What he says this is witty and clever, "nuggets mined from the hills of lifestyles . . . the residing stuff of biography, the interior essence which transcends the area of fact." In one of these checklist lies democracy's most sensible boast.

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