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59 2dSe ssk,n SS | HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES [ ^"jj^"

Rockwood Hoar

Laic a Representative from Massachusetts


Fiity-ninth Congress
Second Session

February 10, 1907

February 23, 1907

Compiled under the direction of the Joint Committee on Printing


DEC ^3 1^07
D. OF 0.


Proceedings in the House 5

Prayer bj Rev. Henry N. Couden 5,8
Memorial Addresses by:

Mr. Washburn, of Massachusetts io

Mr. Boutell, of Illinois ... 15

.Mr. McCall, of Massachusetts 18

Mr. McXary.ni' Massachusetts. 20

Mr. Sherley, of Kentucky. . 24

Mr. Lawrenci ol Massachusetts 26

Mr. Olcott, of New York 29

Mr. Greene, of Massachusetts 31

Mr. Houston, of Tennessee 35
Mr. Weeks, of Massachusetts

Mr. Parsons, of New York. 44

Mr. Bennett, of New York 46

Mr. Olmsted, of Pennsylvania 51

Mr, Murphy, of Missouri 54
Mr. Chaney, of [ndiana ... 56

Mr. Macon, <>f Arkansas 60

Mr. Butler, "i" Tennessee 65

Mr. Covering, "f Massachusetts 67

Mr. Gillett, ol Massachusetts 69
Mr. G, rosvenor, of Ohio ■ ■ ■ 73

Proceedings in the Senate 75

Memorial Addresses by:

Mr. Lodge, of Massachusetts 77

Mr. Curtis, of Kansas 80

Mr. Crane, 1 >i Massachusetts 84

Death of Representative Rockwood Koar


M' inday, December ,\ /
This being the ilay designated by the Constitution for the
annual meeting of Congress, the Members of the Hoc
Representatives assembled in their Hall for the second
sion of the Fifty-ninth Congress, and at i _' o'clock m. were
called tn order by the Speaker.

The Rev. Henrj N. Couden, D. I>.. Chaplain of the House,
offered the following prayer:

Eternal God, our Heavenl) Father, soui ill g 1.

<mr hearts instinctively turn to Thee for wisdom, strength,
and guidance as we thus gather from all sections of our
Union here under the Dome of it - Capitol to conclude the
work of the Fifty-ninth Congress. We bless Thee for the
laws with which Thou hast surrounded us, for the intel-
ligence with which Thou hast endowed us, for the riches
which have conic down to us out of the past, for the
splendid opportunities of the present, and for the bright
hopes and promises of the future, ('.rant, <> most merciful
Father, that these Thy servants may strive diligently to
conform their resolves and harmonize their enactments
with the laws which Thou hast ordained.


6 Proceedings in the Hon

Let Thy richest blessings descend upon the Speaker of
this House, that with characteristic zeal, energy, and cour-
age he may guide through all its deliberations to the high-

: I ts.

[llnmine from on high the minds of those who sit in judg-
ment upon the laws enacted 1>y th that their de-
cisions may be wise and just Bless, we beseech Thee, the
President of these United States, his advisers, and all others
in authority, that the affairs of state may be wisely admin-
istered and the laws of the land faithfully executed, that the
coordinate branches of tin Government, thus working
gether and working with Thee, may fulfill in larger meas-
ure the ideals conceived of our fathers in "a government of
the people, l>v the people, and for the people," that right-
eousness, truth, justice, peace, and good will may obtain, to
the honor and glory of Thy holy name.

The empty seats on the floor of this House remind us of
tin.- strong-minded, pure-hearted, noble men who occupied
them, hnt have been the higher life since last we

met. We thank Thee for their genial presence so long
among us, the work they accomplished for State and nation,
the sweet memory and illustrious examples left behind them.
Be very near, <> God, our Heavenly Father, to the bereaved
families. Uphold, sustain, and comfort them by the blessed
hope of the immortality of the soul.

Impart, we implore Thee, more of Thyself unto us all,
that we may become in deed and in truth sons of the living
God after the similitude of Tin Son Jesus Christ oui I
and Master. Amen.

Proceedings in the House ~

Mr. Gillett of Massachusetts. Mr. Speaker, two ;
ago to-day it was my sad duty to make formal announce-
ment hereof the death of Senator George F. Hoar. Now
death has left vacant in this House the place of his son
Rockwood Hoar, who died at his home, in \\ ■
Mass., on the ist day of last November.

IK- was elected to Congress just as his father passed away,
and I think all men rejoiced in the hope that the magnifi-
cent record of the father might be taken up and long
tinned bj the s<>n. We do not in this country yield honors
to heredity, l>ut our sentiment and our judgment alike are
captivated when we see the talents and character of a \
father renewed and perpetuated in a worthy son. < >ui late
colleague gave promise of such an inheritance, and in our
short association lure gave us reason to expect as wi

thai the duty to which three generations of eminent
public service inspired and pledged him would be faithfully
and honorably and adequately performed.

The practice of this House do< - not permit now of eulogy,
but later in the session we shall ask that a day be set apart
for consideration of his life and public service.

I now oft\r the following resolution.

The Clerk read as follows:

lived, Th.it the House has beard with profound sorrow of the
death of Hon. Rockwood Hoar, a Representative from the Sta

Rt wived, That as a further mark of respect to the memory of the
deceased this House do now adjourn.

The resolutions were agreed to. Accordingly, in pursu-
ance thereof, the House (at 12 o'clock and 54 minutes
p. in.) adjourned until to-morrow at 12 o'clock noon.

Pi . - 111 III, //.'lis,

Monday, January ~, i'jn~.

Mr. Washbi k\. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent
for tlic present consideration of the order which I send to
the desk.

The Clerk read as follows:

ion <•!' the House "ii Sunday, February to,
it 12 in., which shall be set apart for memorial addresses on tin- life,
ind pnblii il Hon. Rockwood IIh\k. late .1 Repre-

sentative from the Third I inal district of Massai husi

The Speaker. Is there objection? [After a pause.] Tin-
Chair hears none.

The question was taken, and the order was ' to.

Sunday, February ro, rpoj.

The House met at 12 o'clock in., and was called to order
by Hon. William C. Lovering, of Massachusetts, Speaker
ti inpore.

The Chaplain, Rev. Henry X. Couden, I ». D., offered the
following prayer:

Almighty God, < >ur heavenly Father, we arc met here "ii
this holy day in memory of the men to whom the hour is
set apart that their virtues may he extolled and a pi
and just estimate placed upon their public service that those
who come after them may be inspired by their example.

This is fitting, since the life and perpetuity of our
Republic depend upon individual loyalty and patriotic
service. The life anil character of these men measure up
t<> the high estimate of American citizenship. We thank
Thee for what they did in their respective cities and States
and for what they did here on the floor of this House
for the people of our Republic. We thank Thee for the

Proceedings in the Hou 9

blessed hope of the immortality of the soul, that men's
deeds not only live after them, hut that tin- soul goes
marching ou t<> larger attainments. Comfort, we beseech
Thee, the colleagues, friends, and kindred of these men
that somehow, somewhere, the) shall meet again and be
forever blest through the dispensation of God's eternal
love and providence, and glory and honor be Thine forever
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Mr. Washburn. Mr. Speaker, I offer the following n
lutions, which I send to the Clerk's desk.

The Clerk read as follows:

Resolved, That the business of the House be n<>» suspended that o]
tunity may be given for tributes to the memory of Ron. Rockwood Hoar,
late .1 Member <>t' '.his House from th Massachusi

i particular mark of respei I the

• ied and in recognition of his distinguished public career, the
inclusion '■!" the memorial exercisesof the day, shall stand

Rt solved, That the Clerk communicate these resolutions to the S

That the Clerk send a copy of these resolutions to the family
of the deceased.

The resolutions were unanimously agreed to.

Memorial . Iddressi r: Rot fcwood Hoar


Address of Mf. Washburn, of Massachusetts

Mr. Speaker: Coming here as the sui I Rock-

wood Hoar, I am glad to speak of his life on this occasion
in the- place where hi- la-t work was done and where he is

much beloved.

We wen.- nearl) of the same age; we were both born in
Worcester; we had the same friends; we were graduated at
the same colleg

As a boy he was manly, generous, chivalrous, fond of
study, active in sports — ambitious t<> excel in whatever he
undertook. His ideals were of the highest, and the charac-
teristics of the boy remained the characteristics of the man.

His death not only terminated a useful life, but removed
from the rolls of public men a name that from colonial
has had a conspicuous place in the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts and in the nation.

Concord was the home of his family, a town rich in its
iations with our history, our literature, and our

In 1775, "on the 19th of April, the curtain roM.- on that
mighty drama in the world's histor) of which the quiet
villages of Lexington and Concord were the appointed

Here lived and wrote and talked Emerson, Thoreau, and
Hawthorne. Her Samuel Hoar was horn in 1 77S. of w ■lnun

fn u of Mr. Washburn, of Massachusetts 11

Emerson said, " His character made him the conscience of
the community in which he lived."

SainiR-1 Hoar's father, two grandfathers, and three uncles
were at Concord bridge, in the Lincoln company, of which
his father was lieutenant

IK- was distinguished among the great lawyers who then
adorned the Massachusetts War. The Commonwealth selected
him to test in Charleston the constitutionality of certain
laws of South Carolina relating to the imprisonment < >f negro
seamen, but the temper of the times prevented the carrying
out of the purpose.

Harvard College chose him to protect its interests when
the legislature sought to change its corporate form, and of
his service then President Walker said: "Other men have
served the college; Samuel Hoar saved it."

He was a member of the Massachusetts legislature and
was for one year in Congress, succeeding Edward Everett
for the Middlesex district in 1835.

In [812 Samuel Hoar married a daughter of Roger Sher-
man, of Connecticut. His three sons were all lawyers.
Edward, after practicing for a time successfully on the
Pacific coast, came hack to Concord to spend his remaining
years in his garden and among his hooks. Ebenezer Rock-
wood Idled a large place in the public affairs of Massachu-
setts and of the nation. He was a great lawyer, was judge
of the court of common pleas, justice of the supreme judicial
court, Attorney-General in ('.rant's first Cabinet, and Mem-
ber of Congress. Lowell well described him when he said :

The judge who covers with his hat
Mon- wit ami gumption and shrewd Yanl
Than there are mosses on an old stone fence.

12 Memorial Addresses: Rockwood Hoar

The third son, George Frisbie Hoar, was horn in Concord
in 1826, and moved to Worcester in 1849, 1,,r l ' R ' reason,
as he has said, that —

That city and county were thi Id of the new antislavery party,

in which cause I was devoted with all my In-art and soul.


Here, in 1853, Mr. Hoar married Mary Louisa Spurr,
a woman of great personal charm, who died in
Her grandfather, Gen. John Spurr, of Charlton, Mass., was
one of the Boston tea party. Her mother was descended
from Rev. John Campbell, the first minister of Oxford,
Mass., whose line runs back to the early Scottish chiefs,
.unl among her ancestors are men who served in the colo-
nial wars and in the war of the Revolution. A brother
of Mrs. Hoar, Thomas Jefferson Spurr, a graduate of Har-
vard University, received a commission in the Fifteenth
Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers, was woundei
Antietam, and died in September, 1862, of whom it was
said: "He was loving and tender and brave and heroic."
Of such an ancestry ROCKWOOD HOAB was horn in Wor-
cester, August 24, 1855.

He prepared for college in the public schools of Wor-
Cester anil entered Harvard in the class of [876. This
the college of fii> family, of which Leonard Hoar
.111 early president, where main- of the name had
graduated and on whose governing boards his father,
uncle, and cousins had served at different times. ROCK-
WOOD was an excellent student, serious minded, and a
considerable reader, greatly liked 1>\ those who knew him
well, and respected by all his classmates. IK- had great
pride in the achievements of his famil) and an earnest

Address of Mr. Washburn, of Massachusetts 13

desire to do his part in maintaining the high standards
For which the name had always stood. After graduation
he read law in his father's office in Worcester, and later
was graduated from the Harvard Law School, in [878,
and was admitted to the Worcester County bar in 1
He at once entered upon the general practice of the law
and always held a prominent place at the bar. He was
assistant district attornej foi Worcester County from 1884
until 1887, and was district attorney for two terms, from
1899 until [905. He performed the duties of this impor-
tant office in a spirit that was just, generous, and sympa-
thetic. He was councilman in the city of Worcester for
four years, ending in [891, during which year he was
president of the council.

IK- was aii aid-de-camp on the staff of Governor Oliver
Auh.s from [887 until 1890 and judge-advocate on th.
of Governor Roger Wolcott from [897 until 1000, and dur-
ing the Spanish war was chairman of the hoard charged
with equipping the Massachusetts troops.

He was always prominent in the educational, literary,
and church life of the community in which he lived, and
rendered faithful service in governing hoards of the public
institutions of the State. Like his father, he could always
he relied upon to champion the cause of the weak, the
unfortunate, and the oppressed.

In his home life he was at his best, most tender and affec-
tionate in his relations with his family.

It was with the deepest satisfaction that he entered upon
his service in Congress. It began just as the long and

i i Memorial . !'/</> • >« r: A'<<< kwood Hoar

distinguished career of his father ended. Possibly a con-
sciousness that much was expected of him may have
stimulated him to efforts too great for his physical strength.
I know that when engaged in his committee work of the
revision of the statutes he said to a friend, who urged him
• overtax himself, that his uncle when in Congress had
been occupied in the same work, and that he considered it
a great honor to haw an opportunity to participate in it.
( )f his service here others will speak: that it was nf a char-
acter highly satisfactory to his constituents is evidenced by
the fact that he was renominated without opposition.

Mr. Hoab was taken ill in September and died Novem-
ber I, the progress "I" hi" disease, tumor of the brain, being
beyond the power of human skill to stay. His two cousins,
sons of Judge Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar, have died within
a few years — Sherman, in [898, who served in the Fifty-
second Congress and was United States attorney for the
Massai husetts district, whose labors in behalf of our soldiers
returned from the Spanish war induced the disease which
ended his life at tin early age of 38; and Samuel, a lawyer
of u;reat attainments and reputation, a fine type of ni{
American citizenship, who died in Concord less than three
years ago in his fifty-ninth \ car. Of this great race of
patriots, lawyers, statesmen, and scholars, Ri K kw< " »D lb IAR
was the last of the men of his name and generation con-
spicuous in the affairs of his State and of the nation.

Address of Mr. Boutell, of Illinois 15

Address of Mr. Boutell, of Illinois

Mr. Speaker: When Rockwood Hoar entered the
House at the opening of this Congress, he looked forward
confidently to a long term of sen-ice, and his constituents
had every reason to expect for him a career of exceptional
usefulness not only to them but to the nation. He was well
equipped for service in this body, for he brought to the dis-
charge of his public duties a well-trained and scholarly mind,
sound judgment, ripe experience as a lawyer who had dealt
with large professional and business interests, combined with
firmly established principles. Rockwood Hoar came of
a long line of Puritan ancestors, many of whom rendered
distinguished services to their Commonwealth and to the
nation. The question is often asked. What is the chief trait
that has been handed down to their descendants by the
Puritans of New England? It is a certain stability and
erectness of intellect that glories in a fearless devotion to a
principle when the crowd is hurrying another way. Many
a large man of bluff manners and a boisterous independence
of speech and of undoubted physical courage mentally and
morally slouches and leans upon the sterner, truer intellects
of men of greater uprightness of mind. The true descend.
ant of the Puritans is the man who, while he may have dis-
carded main- of the grim beliefs and somber practices of his
forefathers, still rejoices, as they did, in a sort of sublime
devotion to truth for truth's sake.

16 Memorial . iddn sst s: Ro> kwood Hoar

Such a man is never a hypocrite in religion, a trimmer in
politics, a time-server in morality, or a weathercock in his
friendships. Ralph Waldo Emerson was a true and noble
ndant of the Puritans. So was Samuel Hoar. his
friend and neighbor at Concord, the grandfather of our col-
ie, a learned lawyer and broad-minded philanthropist,
who served in this House in the Twenty-fourth Cong
So was our colleague's father, the illustrious Senator, who
through a long public service gave main illustrations of this
fearless devotion to absolute truth in the performance of his
public duties. So was Rockwood Hoar, and it is this
shining trait in his character which conn.- prominently
before my mind at this time.

< me of the pleasantest features, Mr. Speaker, of service
in this body is the bringing together in our natural life of
the friends and associates of our childhood and youth.
What the gentleman from Massachusetts [Mr. Washburn]
has spoken of this morning reminds me that in [876
ROCKWOOD HOAR, Mr. Justice Moody, and I, together with
other classmate^, met in one of the small upper looms in
old University Hall at Harvard College, in the popular
course of Roman law, in which we all took a great int<
owing largely to the inspiring methods of our teacher. No
one of us, at that time surely, ever dreamed that thirty
thereafter we should meet together here in Washing-
ton in the public service.

Those who met him first on this flooi s, ., ,n recognized this

trait, foi he often gave quiet eviderices of it. I rememberone

-ion early in the list session when his attitude called

forth approving applause from his fellow-Members who

Address of Mr. Boulell, of Illinois 17

differed with him in their views. A rising vote was taken
mi a question involving indirectly the policy of the Govern-
ment toward our new possessions. The gTeat majority of
the House, regardless of political divisions, had

mative. Ordinarily a new Member of the House
finds himself voting almost automatically with the major-
it}'. It is the easy, the popular, and therefore the natural
thingtodo. But the Puritan mind never looks for the easy
or the popular thing, and when the noes wire call
this vote Rockwood II<>\r stood up for the truth as he
saw it, to the surprise of those Members who did not know
him. hut witli the admiring approval of all. IK- voti
his father would have voted under similar circumstances.
It was m\ good fortune to know Rockwood Hoar

kinsman. 1— mate at college, a- the friend who stood

beside me during the most important event of my life, and
as an associate in our service in this House, and I know-
that in his death a strong, true nature has left us. But
we lament our apparent loss let us not forget that the
influence of such a life never perishes.

koekU HOAK was the finest type of (he defendants

of the Puritans, and during his life and at the hour of death
he nobly maintained the loftiest traditions of his race. He
left us an example of how a modern Puritan should live
and how an ancient Puritan could die.
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Memorial Addt < sses: J\ol X\, ood Hoar

Address of Mk. McCall, of Massachusetts

Mr. Speaker: Only those who knew Rex kwood Hoab
can appreciate the jjTeat loss his countrj suffered in his
death. He had unfolded to his friends a fine capacity
for public service which he did not have a full opportunity
to exhibit to the country. He was permitted to serve only
a single session in the House of Representatives — a session
that was passed in familiarizing himself with the procedure,
in becoming acquainted with his colleagues, and in learn-
ing exactly the character of his new duties. That he
would have distinguished himself in a longer service there
can be no manner of doubt. He had many <>f the qualities
that made the career of his father illustrious — the insight
to see clearly into the meaning of things; the power to
give adequate expression to his thought ; industry; an un-
bending courage and spirit <>i independence, and shrewd,
penetrating, Yankee common sense. Much as he owed
to inheritance, he owed as much, if not more, to education.
He was trained in the best schools, but far better than
the best schools must be reckoned the influence of his
father and the splendid ideals which he illustrated in his
life. I Mr rue [Mr. Boutell] has referred to one of his

votes in th« House which shows his independence of mind
and his sympathy with his father in the lattcr's heroic and
ever-memorable struggle in behalf of the ]>eople of the

Addi 1/'. '/ Call, ichusetts tg

Philippine Islands. Rockwood Hoar was a man who

took a wholesome and hopeful outlook, and the words of

Emerson may well be applied to the view according to
which he lived his inspiring and noble life:

Life is ten. short to waste

The critic bite "r cynic Lark,
Quarrel or reprimand;

Twill s<H,n tic ilark;

mind thine <<*n aim. and
t „ irl speed the mark.

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Address of Mk. McNapy, of Massachusetts

Mi. Speaker: Rockwood Hoar was the scion of faini-
distinguished in the annals of two States. One of his
ancestors, Roger Sherman, as a representative >>t' Connecti-
cut in the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of
Independence, and the Hoar name has been identified with
the public life of Massachusetts from Revolutionary days
to the present. I " ] >< »i i several occasions two membei
this distinguished family were prominent in public life at
the same time, and their independence of thought and
catholicity of mind was shown by the fact that, while
rendering good and loyal service to the country, they
frequently disagreed upon political ideals and princip

Coming from a stock of such renown, it may truthfully
lid that more in the way of capacity and achievement
pected of Rockwood Hoar than of the ordinary
man who entered this great representative bod) when he
became a Member of the Fifty-ninth Congress. His
father, the late Senator Hoar, beloved by all the people
of his State, in the rich fullness of his ; I and

distinguished service, had recent 1- from these scenes

to meet in another world the reward of an honorable life.

It is given t<> but few men of any day oi generation to
have the strength of character, the beauty of disposition,
the depth of mind, the powei of statement, the aptni
illustration, the height of eloquence and soul-stirring power
Frisbie Hi

Address of Mr. McNary, of Massachusetts i\

The service of ROCKWOOD Hoar in this body was all
too brief to get a complete view of his distinguished tal-
ents and ability. The earnest study which he gave to the

•at subjects of national legislation, the independence ol
view which he showed, the wisdom of the conclusions

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