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Excerpt from Speech of Hon. J. B. Foraker: Before the Richland County Lincoln Association at Mansfield, Ohio February 12, 1914Had he never been President we probably never would have known, certainly not in their full measure, his wonderful powersMoreExcerpt from Speech of Hon. J. B. Foraker: Before the Richland County Lincoln Association at Mansfield, Ohio February 12, 1914Had he never been President we probably never would have known, certainly not in their full measure, his wonderful powers of mind, or his still more wonderful temperament, patience, moral courage, sympathy and self control.The experiences to which he was subjected brought all these qualities forth as the night brings out the stars.When he was elected President we knew him only as a man who had passed from the humblest to the highest station in our American life so quickly and with so little test of his intellectual endowment, and with so limited an experience in public affairs, that there was wide spread apprehension even among his friends, that he would not prove equal to the usual duties of the office.When, therefore, immediately following his election the war clouds began to gather, apprehension changed to fear, and became well nigh universal that he would prove wholly inadequate to the emergencies that were arising.It is almost impossible for even those who lived through those exciting days to recall their anxieties, or to realize what perplexing situations were precipitated, one after another, by the on-rushing tide of untoward and unprecedented events.There had never before occurred anything like what was then transpiring. Therefore, no one preceding him had blazed a way in which he could walk to meet the troubles he must overcome.The powers of our government, then but little developed beyond the express provisions of the Constitution, had never been put to any serious test- and in large measure those which he was soon to be compelled to exercise were disputed by many, and distrusted by nearly all his countrymen.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.