My Memories of Eighty Years

Published: 1922
Language: English
Wordcount: 115,292 / 335 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52.1
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 287
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Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Biography, History
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If any well-informed American were asked who could write the best volume of American reminiscences covering the period between the beginning of the Civil War and the end of the World War, he would undoubtedly answer "Chauncey Depew." Mr. Depew's vivid memories are a revelation of the times by a man who knew them.

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rical talent I might possess.

I entered Yale in 1852 and graduated in 1856. The college of that period was very primitive compared with the university to which it has grown. Our class of ninety-seven was regarded as unusually large. The classics and mathematics, Greek and Latin, were the dominant features of instruction. Athletics had not yet appeared, though rowing and boat-racing came in during my term. The outstanding feature of the institution was the literary societies: the Linonia and the Brothers of Unity. The debates at the weekly meetings were kept up and maintained upon a high and efficient plane. Both societies were practically deliberative bodies and discussed with vigor the current questions of the day. Under this training Yale sent out an unusual number of men who became eloquent preachers, distinguished physicians, and famous lawyers. While the majority of students now on leaving college enter business or professions like engineering, which is allied to business, at that time nearly

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