of Clement Cox, of Georgetown.
He was then about eighteen years of age. A few months afterward he entered Harvard College, whence he graduated in 1845. Harvard Law School was then presided over by Associate Justice Story, then of the United States bench, and Prof. Greenleaf, author of the well-known work on Evidence.
Among my classmates, said Mr. Semmes, were Rutherford B. Hayes, afterwards President of the United States; Henry C. Semple, nephew of the then President, John Tyler, and Mr. Burlingame, who afterwards became minister to China.
While I was at Harvard I read the review of Judge Story's Commentary on the United States Constitution, written by Judge Upshur, of Virginia.
This book was the turning point in my political thought.
Reflecting seriously on its spirit and teachings, I became a Democrat, and never once during the long line of sixty years that have nearly passed since then, have I swerved from its sacred principles.
My family were all Whigs.
Indeed, almost all