By J. Roderick III Heller
A valuable political determine within the first post-Revolutionary new release, Felix Grundy (1775--1840) epitomized the "American democrat" who so famously interested Alexis de Tocqueville. Born and reared at the remoted frontier, Grundy rose mostly via his personal skill to turn into the outdated Southwest's maximum legal legal professional and one of many first radical political reformers within the fledgling usa. In Democracy's attorney, the 1st finished biography of Grundy seeing that 1940, J. Roderick Heller unearths how Grundy's existence typifies the archetypal, post--founding fathers new release that cast America's tradition and institutions.
After his start in Virginia, Grundy moved west at age 5 to the area that may develop into Kentucky, the place he misplaced 3 brothers in Indian wars. He earned a legislation measure, joined the legislature, and quick turned Henry Clay's major rival. At age thirty-one, after emerging to develop into leader justice of Kentucky, Grundy moved to Tennessee, the place electorate quickly elected him to Congress. In Washington, Grundy proved so voracious a proponent of the warfare of 1812 renowned slogan of the day blamed the battle on "Madison, Grundy, and the Devil."
A pivotal U.S. senator throughout the presidency of Andrew Jackson, Grundy additionally served as Martin Van Buren's legal professional normal and built a detailed organization together with his legislation scholar and political protégé James ok. Polk. Grundy championed the beliefs of the yankee West, and as Heller demonstrates, his dominating trust -- equality in entry to strength -- stimulated lots of his political battles. Aristocratic federalism threatened the foundations of the Revolution, Grundy asserted, and he adverse fetters on freedom of chance, even if from executive or entrenched monetary elites.
Although widely recognized as a political candidate, Grundy accomplished even larger reputation as a felony legal professional. Of the purported 185 homicide defendants that he represented, just one was once hanged. At a time whilst felony trials served as well known leisure, Grundy's mere visual appeal in a court docket drew spectators from miles round, and his criminal attractiveness quickly unfold national. One nineteenth-century Nashvillian declared that Grundy "could stand on a highway nook and speak the cobblestones into life."
Shifting seamlessly in the worlds of legislation, entrepreneurship, and politics, Felix Grundy exemplified the questing, cellular society of early nineteenth-century the USA. With Democracy's legal professional, Heller firmly establishes Grundy as a strong participant and character in early American legislations and politics.
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Democracy's Lawyer: Felix Grundy of the Old Southwest (Southern Biography Series) by J. Roderick III Heller