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Senator Thomas J. Walsh of Montana: law and public affairs, from TR to FDR /
J. Leonard Bates.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1999.
xiv, 410 p. : ill.
0252024702 (acid-free paper)
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Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1999.
0252024702 (acid-free paper)
contents note
An Irish-American family -- The young intellectual -- the Dakota frontier -- Helena lawyer and Democrat -- Politics, law, and the copper kings -- Lawyer, Progressive, and public man -- The emergence of a leader -- To the Senate at last -- The tariff fight of 1913 -- The "new freedom" in Montana: hopes and illusions -- The "new freedom": a lawyer-senator at work -- The "new freedom" and Western land policy -- America and the "war-mad nations of Europe" -- Winning the West with Wilson, 1915-16 -- From peace to war -- Reelection in 1918 -- The League of Nations fight -- 1920 politics and issues of the Red Scare -- Walsh and Wheeler, 1922 -- Public lands, Native Americans, and campaigns for (honest) leasing -- The investigator -- New prospects for the Democrats -- Winning a third term in 1924 -- Abiding the Coolidge administration -- Oh! for a Jefferson -- Prohibition and politics -- The Continental Trading Company Limited and Senate -- Revelations of 1928 -- The campaign of 1928 -- Gratifying victory in 1930 -- The rule
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
The late J. Leonard Bates was professor emeritus of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the author of The Origins of Teapot Dome, Tom Walsh in Dakota Territory, and The United States, 1898-1928.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2000-03:
Bates's final scholarly work is this thorough and significant biography of a man whom "everybody knows" primarily as the chief investigator in 1923 and 1924 of Teapot Dome and Elk Hills oil leases. This fine study makes clear how much more there is to know. Walsh's Irish-American Catholic background is important in understanding him, as are the Middle West and West where he grew up and developed into a highly respected national leader. The author deftly shows Walsh's shift from neutrality to support of WW I; the latter included strong statements and actions in favor of the Espionage Act (1917) and the Sedition Act (1918). Bates also makes clear Walsh's devotion to the cause of Prohibition, both personally and politically. His role in investigating the Teapot Dome oil scandal is well told here and in other books by Bates; likewise, his role as permanent chair of the 1924 Democratic convention is delineated, as are his efforts in the same post in 1932. Scholars will note Bates's extensive use of Walsh's letters and papers and those of other important figures, as well as personal interviews with Walsh's daughter, Genevieve Walsh Gudge, and others. Bibliographic essay. Upper-division undergraduates and above. P. L. Silver; Johnson State College
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Main Description
Thomas J. Walsh, Democratic senator from Montana from 1913 to 1933, fought throughout his long career against corruption and monopoly power. His most celebrated coup was breaking open the Teapot Dome scandal of 1923 -- 24, revealing that the secretary of the interior had accepted "loans" from oil men in return for leases of U.S. naval oil reserves.
Unpaid Annotation
"This is the first comprehensive biography of Thomas J. Walsh, Democratic senator from Montana from 1913 to 1933, best known for his role in uncovering the Teapot Dome scandal. J. Leonard Bates places Walsh in his colorful and tumultuous times, illuminating Montana history and politics as well as broad national movements including Progressivism, internationalism, Prohibition, war, and so-called normalcy."--BOOK JACKET. "In his most celebrated coup, breaking open the Teapot Dome scandal of 1923-24, Walsh revealed that the secretary of the interior had accepted "loans" from oil men in return for leases of U.S. naval oil reserves. Working through the Public Lands Committee of the Senate, Walsh enjoyed support for his investigation from members of both parties, and his interpretation of the scandal was endorsed by the Supreme Court in 1927. Shortly before his death, he presided over the Democratic National Convention that nominated Franklin Roosevelt and served for a brief time as a key figure in thenew leader's circle."--BOOK JACKET.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
An Irish-American Familyp. 1
The Young Intellectualp. 7
On the Dakota Frontierp. 14
A Helena Lawyer and Democratp. 24
Politics, Law, and the Copper Kingsp. 36
Lawyer, Progressive, and Public Manp. 44
The Emergence of a Leaderp. 52
To the Senate at Lastp. 62
The Tariff Fight of 1913p. 70
The "New Freedom" in Montana: Hopes and Illusionsp. 80
The "New Freedom": A Lawyer-Senator at Workp. 91
The "New Freedom" and Western Land Policyp. 101
America and the "War-Mad Nations of Europe"p. 115
Winning the West with Wilson, 1915-16p. 128
From Peace to Warp. 146
Reelection in 1918p. 155
The League of Nations Fightp. 169
1920 Politics and Issues of the Red Scarep. 187
Walsh and Wheeler, 1922p. 195
Public Lands, Native Americans, and Campaigns for (Honest) Leasingp. 203
The Investigatorp. 212
New Prospects for the Democratsp. 230
Winning a Third Term in 1924p. 240
Abiding the Coolidge Administrationp. 245
Oh! for a Jeffersonp. 256
Prohibition and Politicsp. 260
The Continental Trading Company Limited and Senate Revelations of 1928p. 268
The Campaign of 1928p. 281
A Gratifying Victory in 1930p. 290
The Rule of Law at Home and Abroadp. 301
Chairman of the National Convention, Chicago, 1932p. 308
Campaigning for Roosevelt in 1932p. 317
The "New Deal" Begins, Remarriage, and Deathp. 325
Afterwordp. 333
Notesp. 335
Bibliographical Essayp. 395
Indexp. 397
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