The Wisdom Of Simon Cameron, In Two Parts

The Wisdom of Simon Cameron, Part I:

“An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.” – Simon Cameron, American financier, Senator from Pennsylvania, and Secretary of War under Abraham Lincoln, who was born on 8 March 1799.

The Wisdom of Simon Cameron, Part II:

“I am tired of all this sort of thing called science here… We have spent millions in that sort of thing for the last few years, and it is time it should be stopped.” – Simon Cameron, speaking about the Smithsonian Institution. This remark might make Cameron seem foolish, but as a good Republican, he was merely articulating what would eventually become his party’s all-but-official position on science.

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