previous next


Personnel of the Yankee Senate.

A correspondent of the Cincinnati Commercial, writing from Washington, furnishes that paper, with a sketch of the prominent men composing the Yankee Senate. The following is a portion of it:

Mr. Saulsbury.--Mr. Saulsbury is a man of fine personal appearance, about forty years of age.--He is above the medium height, rather stoutly built. His hair is jet black, his eyes keen, piercing, and well adapted to flashing anger in the face of an opponent. His face is large, and may be termed handsome. He wears neither whiskers nor moustache. He dresses neatly in fine broadcloth. He is a good speaker, uses choice language, and enunciates distinctly. He is not altogether free from the imputation of vanity, I should say, from the number of times he looks at the galleries while speaking, with an air of "How do you like it? --Wouldn't my opponent be better off if he hadn't said anything ?"

Mr. Bayard--Mr. Bayard is about twenty years older than his colleague, a very pretty figure, rather inclined to corpulency. His hair is quite gray, and what little there is of it is parted in the middle. Time has furrowed his face quite deeply.--He speaks with very little animation, and at times there is considerable of a whine in his utterance. He was recently re-elected to the Senate, and it now devolves upon him to take the oath, or be expelled from that body. He will take the oath, though not with much relish.

Mr. Sumner.--Mr Sumner's personal appearance has been so often described that I will not make one of my poor attempts to convey to the reader an idea of how this eminent statesman and scholar looks on the floor of the Senate. It would not require a very good judge of human nature to point him out as he sits at the desk, whether reading, writing, or listening to the remarks of another Senator, as "the noblest Roman of them all." There is something about him that cannot fail to impress any man of ordinary intelligence with the fact that he is no tricky politician, no pseudo statesman, no socialist. But when he rises to an impromptu speech he disenchants you, and you cannot help asking yourself or somebody near you, "is that Sumner ? Certainly it can't be he who is making such a poor attempt on such a trivial subject." But it is even Charles Sumner, the profound scholar, the great thinker, and one of the poorest off-hand speakers in the Senate. It is because he was such a great thinker and such a profound student, and, perhaps, too, that one is apt to expect so much from him, that he impresses you so unfavorably when a question is suddenly sprung upon him, for which he had no time for thought or research.

Mr. Fessenden is one of the keenest debaters in the Senate — always prepared, no matter what subject is brought up — always ready to give sound logical views, no matter what the topic under discussion. The most difficult antagonist to overcome, and the safest guide to follow.

Mr. McDougal halls from California; was elected as a Union man; but has taken to Peace Democracy and bad whiskey; is very eccentric, and usually very drunk; comes into the Senate chamber booted and spurred for a horse race or a cavalry raid.

Mr. Sherman, the young Senator from Ohio, the rising man of the Senate, has a high appreciation of the value of time, and never attempts to argue a point when he knows he cannot hope to change a vote by so doing. Makes few speeches and good ones. Is energetic and zealous in the discharge of every duty assigned to him.

Gen. Ware is rough and unpolished, but honest and capable. Talks strongly when he does talk, which is seldom, Is said to be somewhat of an anti-slavery man.

Mr. Powell was evidently intended for a farmer, and not for a Senator. Is very fond of quibbling, and has a word to say against everything proposed by the Administration party. His remarks would be more acceptable if more grammatical.

Jim Lane is very quiet and unobtrusive for a jayhawker. Is not often heard from, yet was heard from once too often when he attempted to make a reformation in Wall street.

Mr. Sprague will not make a very profound impression as a statesman or an orator. Has more wealth than genius and can accomplish more with the former than the latter.

Mr. Lane, of Indiana, is honest and faithful — Not very ambitious; and not very desirous of public applause. A good worker, but not an extraordinary speaker.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Indiana (Indiana, United States) (1)
California (California, United States) (1)
hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Charles Sumner (4)
Saulsbury (2)
Bayard (2)
Ware (1)
Sprague (1)
Sherman (1)
Dr Jn Powell (1)
McDougal (1)
Lane (1)
Fessenden (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: