By J. Roderick Heller III
After his delivery in Virginia, Grundy moved west at age 5 to the area that will develop into Kentucky, the place he misplaced 3 brothers in Indian wars. He earned a legislations measure, joined the legislature, and fast turned Henry Clay's major rival. At age thirty-one, after emerging to turn into leader justice of Kentucky, Grundy moved to Tennessee, the place citizens quickly elected him to Congress. In Washington, Grundy proved so voracious a proponent of the conflict of 1812 renowned slogan of the day blamed the conflict on "Madison, Grundy, and the Devil."
A pivotal U.S. senator in the course of the presidency of Andrew Jackson, Grundy additionally served as Martin Van Buren's lawyer common and constructed an in depth organization together with his legislations pupil and political protÃ©gÃ© James ok. Polk. Grundy championed the beliefs of the yankee West, and as Heller demonstrates, his dominating belief--equality in entry to power--motivated lots of his political battles. Aristocratic federalism threatened the foundations of the Revolution, Grundy asserted, and he adverse fetters on freedom of chance, no matter if from govt or entrenched monetary elites.
Although well known as a political candidate, Grundy completed even better reputation as a legal attorney. Of the purported 185 homicide defendants that he represented, just one was once hanged. At a time whilst legal trials served as renowned leisure, Grundy's mere visual appeal in a court docket drew spectators from miles round, and his felony popularity quickly unfold national. One nineteenth-century Nashvillian declared that Grundy "could stand on a road nook and speak the cobblestones into life."
Shifting seamlessly in the worlds of legislations, entrepreneurship, and politics, Felix Grundy exemplified the questing, cellular society of early nineteenth-century the USA. With Democracy's Lawyer, Heller firmly establishes Grundy as a strong participant and character in early American legislation and politics.
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Democracy's Lawyer: Felix Grundy of the Old Southwest (Southern Biography Series) by J. Roderick Heller III