is a prim, smooth-looking man, with a precise manner, a stiff, soldierly carriage, and an austerity that is at first forbidding.
He has naturally, however, a genial temper, companionable qualities, and a disposition that endears him to all by whom he may be surrounded.
As a speaker he is clear, forcible and argumentative; his voice is clear and firm, without tremor.
Alexander H. Stephens
from childhood has been afflicted with four abscesses and a continued derangement of the liver, which gives him a consumptive appearance though his lungs are sound.
He has never weighed over ninety-six pounds, and to see his attenuated figure bent over his desk, the shoulders contracted, and the shape of his slender limbs visible through his garments, a stranger would ever select him as the “John Randolph
” of our time, more dreaded as an adversary and more prized as an ally in a debate than any other member of the House of Representatives.
He is a careful student, but so very careful that no trace of study is perceptible as he dashes along in a flow of facts, arguments and language that to common minds is almost bewildering.
He has the appearance of having undergone great bodily anguish, and his advanced age and gray hairs contribute to give to his eye a restless nervous movement.
His size is medium, and figure remarkably slim.
His forehead is much wrinkled, and his locks flow over the shoulders, which stoop very much.
A habit of wearing the hat advanced to the left gives to his whole contour an appearance at once remarkable and prepossessing.--Herald, March 4