Described as one of the "Knights of the Round Table" of the "lions of Bohemia," Georges Clemenceau was a great French statesman who served twice as Premier in 1906-1909 and again in 1917-1919 ("In
Baldensperger offers a brief overview of Clemenceau's life and offers criticism about American Reconstruction: 1865-1870.
Clemenceau is described as "Vigorous and intrepid, a man of quick rejoinders and piercing witicisms, an untiring walker in a New York without cables, an elegant horseman, a good fencer and marksman in times of enthusiastic 'Schuetzenfest'--he soon cut a figure in the haunts and headquarters of journalistic and artistic New York" (16-17).
Clemenceau claimed that America had "no general ideas and no good coffee" (17).
Mentions his marriage to Marry Plummer (25-26).
According to Baldensperger, Clemenceau saw Horace Greeley as "the perfect type of a political journalist, enterprising and clean, struggling for the enlightenment of the masses, firmly advocating well-defined principles" (19).
Clemenceau met House in Paris around 1860. When he went to visit House at the Tribune he was initially told that no such person worked there; a clerk could not understand the Frenchman's accent and he was forced to write down the name in order to be understood (18).
Baldensperger mentions Clemenceau's friendship with Marshall. He notes that the two had met in France and became reaquainted in New York (18).
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