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Short of the Glory The Fall and Redemption of Edward F. Prichard Jr. by Tracy Campbell

Short of the Glory The Fall and Redemption of Edward F. Prichard Jr.


Short of the Glory The Fall and Redemption of Edward F. Prichard Jr. by Tracy Campbell

Arthur Schlesinger Jr. thought that he might one day become president. He was a protege of Felix Frankfurter and Fred Vinson--a political prodigy who held a series of important posts in the Roosevelt and Truman administrations. Whatever became of Edward F. Prichard, Jr., so young and brilliant and seemingly destined for glory? Prichard was a complex man, and his story is tragically ironic. The boy from Bourbon County, Kentucky, graduated at the top of his Princeton class and cut a wide swath at Harvard Law School. He went on to clerk in the U.S. Supreme Court and become an important figure in Roosevelt's Brain Trust. Yet Prichard--known for his dazzling wit and photographic memory--fell victim to the hubris that had helped to make him great. In 1948, he was indicted for stuffing 254 votes in a U.S. Senate race. J. Edgar Hoover, never a fan of the young genius, made sure he was prosecuted, and so many of the members of the Supreme Court were Prichard's friends that not enough justices were left to hear his appeal. So the man Roosevelt's advisors had called the boy wonder of the New Deal went to jail. Prichard's meteoric rise and fall is essentially a Greek tragedy set on the stage of American politics. Pardoned by President Truman, Prichard spent the next twenty-five years working his way out of political exile. Gradually he became a trusted advisor to governors and legislators, though without recognition or compensation. Finally, in the 1970s and 1980s, Prichard emerged as his home state's most persuasive and eloquent voice for education reform, finally regaining the respect he had thrown away in his arrogant youth.


A rich American story. With objectivity and insight, Tracy Campbell recounts the dramatic life of perhaps the most brilliant man of my generation. - Arthur Schlesinger Jr.; An astonishing story of a gifted but flawed individual who overcame a great personal tragedy to lead a productive and successful life. - Katharine Graham; One of the finest biographies ever written about any Kentuckian and one of the most accomplished volumes on the bookshelf of Kentucky history. - Lexington Herald-Leader; Campbell tells a wonderful story of a rising star, a New Deal 'wonder boy
from Kentucky, who fell from grace and into jail because he forged 254 ballots during the 1948 elections

.... The story of Prichard is also the story of the New Deal and corrupt politics in the South. - Choice

About the Author

Tracy Campbell, professor of history at the University of Kentucky, is the author of The Politics of Despair: Power and Resistance in the Tobacco Wars.

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Publication date

31st October 2004


Tracy Campbell

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The University Press of Kentucky


352 pages


History of the Americas
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
Biography: historical, political & military



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