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Daniel L. D. Granger

i Late a Representative from Rhode Island I




Sixtieth Congress
Second Session

February 21, 1909

February 27, 1909

Compiled under the direction of the Joint Committee on Printing^



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Proceedings in the House 5

Prayer by Rev. Henry N. Couden, D. D 5,7

Memorial addresses by —

Mr. Capron, of Rhode Island 9

Mr. Goulden, of New York 11

Mr. O'Connell.of Massachusetts. 13

Mr. Clark, of Missouri 16

Mr. Slayden, of Te.xas 19

Mr. Harrison, of New York 22

Mr. Edwards, of Georgia 23

Mr. Washburn, of Massachusetts 26

Mr. Williams, of Mississippi 28

Mr. Parsons, of New York - 32

Mr. Gardner, of Massachusetts 33

Mr. Peters, of Massachusetts 3,5

Mr. Keliher, of Massachusetts 37

Mr. Ryan, of New York 39

Mr. Howard, of Georgia 41

Mr. Chancy, of Indiana 44

Mr. Cockrrin, of New' York 46

Proceedings in the Senate 49

Prayer by Rev. Edward E. Hale 51

Memorial addresses by —

Mr. Aldrich, of Rhode Island 53

Mr. Wetmore, of Rhode Island . 55



Death of Hon. Daniel L. D. Granger

Proceedings in the House

Monday, February 1=,, iqoq.

The House met at i :; o'clock noon.

The Chaplain, Rev. Henry \. Coudeii, D. D., offered the fol-
lowing prayer :

Almighty Fatlier, look down, we beseech Tht'e, upon us with
compassion and forgive our sins as individuals and as a Nation,
and inspire in us a greater love and admiration for those things
which make for righteousness in the soul, that we may go for-
ward with the work which Thou hast given us to do with a
clear vision, pure conscience, and high ideals that at last we may
merit the "Well done, good and faithful servant."

We are reminded by the death of one of the Members of this
House of the uncertainty of life, that in the midst of life there
is death. Help us, our Heavenly Father, to be prepared for the
change which will bring us into a larger life. Comfort, we pray
Thee, the family and friends of the deceased, and guide us all
to the larger faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Mr. C.APRON. Mr. Speaker, I desire to present the following
resolutions on the death of my colleague [Mr. Granger].

The Speaker. The Clerk will report the resolutions.

The Clerk read as follows :

Resolved, That the House has heard with profound sorrow of the death
of Hon. Daniel L. D. Granger, late a Representative from the State of
Rhode Island.

Resolved, That a committee of 15 Members of the House be appointed
by the Speaker to take order superintending the funeral of Mr. ("iR.-\nger


6 Proceedings, in the House

at Providence, R. I., and to attend the same with such Members of tlie
Senate as may be appointed by the Senate.

Rciolvcd, That the Sergeant-at-Arms of tlie House be, and he is liereby,
authorized and directed to take such steps as may be necessary to carry
out these resolutions, and that the necessary expenses in connection tliere-
witli be paid out of the contingent fund of the House.

Resolved, That the Clerk communicate these resolutions to the Senate
and transmit a copy thereof to the family of the deceased.

The Speaker announced the following committee: Mr.
Capron, of Rhode Island; Mr. Howard, of Georgia; Mr.
Boutell, of Illinois; Mr. Underwood, of Alabama; Mr. Hill,
of Connecticut; Mr. Slayden, of Texas; Mr. Hughes, of New
Jersey; Mr. Washburn, of Massachusetts; Mr. Williams, of
Mississippi; Mr. Parsons, of New York; Mr. Sherley, of Ken-
tucky; Mr. Gaines, of Tennessee; Mr. Ryan, of New York; Mr.
O'Connell, of Massachusetts, and Mr. Marcus A. Smith, of

The Speaker. The question is on the adoption of the reso-

The resolutions were tinanimously agreed to.

Mr. Capron. Mr. vSpeaker, I also desire to submit the fol-
lowing resolution.

The Speaker. The Clerk will report the resolution.

The Clerk read as follows;

Resolved, That as a further mark of respect to the memory of the deceased
the House do now stand in recess until 1 1 a. m. to-morrow.

The resolution was agreed to.

Accordingly (at 5 o'clock and 38 minutes p. m.), the House
took a recess until 1 1 o'clock a. m. to-morrow.

Tuesday, February 16, igog.

A message from the Senate announced that the vSenate had

passed the following resolutions :

Resolved, That the Senate has heard with profound sorrow the announce-
ment of the death of Hon. D.aniel I^. D. Gr.^ngER, late a Representative
from the State of Rhode Island.

Proceedings in the House 7

Resolved, That a committee of seven Senators be appointed liy llie pre-
siding officer, to join a committee appointed on the jiart of tlie House of
Representatives, to attend the funeral of the deceased at Providence, R. 1.

Resolved, That the Secretary communicate these resolutions to the House
of Representatives and transmit a copy thereof to the family of the

Resolved, That as a further mark of respect to the memory of the de-
ceased the Senate do now adjourn.

And that in compliance with the foregoing resoltitions the
X'ice-President had appointed Mr. Aldrich, Mr. Wetmore, Mr.
Burrows, Mr. Money, Mr. Clarke of Arkansas, Mr. Taliaferro,
and Mr. Taylor members of the committee on the part of the

StiNDAY, Fcbriiiiry 21, iQog.

The House met at 12 o'clock m., and was called to order bv
Mr. vSmith of Iowa, as Speaker pro tempore.

The following prayer was offered by the Chaplain, Rev. Henry
\. Couden, D. D.:

Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, in whom we live and
move and have our being; we would pour out the oblations of
our hearts in gratitude and praise to Thee, the dispenser of
all good gifts, and hallow Thy name in a faithful and unselfish
devotion to Thee and our fellow-men, and thus ])rove ourselves'
worthy of all the gifts Thou hast bestowed upon us. We thank
Thee for that spirit down deep in the hearts of -men which
recognizes and appreciates the nobility of soul in their fellows,
which displays itself in a faithful service to the public weal,
for this special service to-day, sacred to the memory of men who
have conspicuously served their country in the Congress of the
United States, and passed on to their reward. Grant, oh most
merciful Father, that their example may serve as beacon lights
to guide us and those who shall come after us to high and noble
living. Comfort the friends, colleagues, and families of' the de-
parted, and help them to look forward with bright anticipations

8 Proceedings in the House

to that larger life beyond the grave, where there shall be no
more parting, and where God shall wipe all tears from all faces,
and where peace and happiness shall reign forever. In Jesus
Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Mr. Capron. Mr. Speaker, I desire to ask unanimous con-
sent for the present consideration of the resolutions, which I
send to the Clerk's desk, in regard to the death of my recent
colleague, Hon. Daniel I,. D. Gra.n'gek.

The resolutions were read, as follows:

House resoli4lio>i ^S^.

Resolved. That the business of the House he now suspended that oppor-
tunity may be given for tribute to the memory of the Hon. D.\.\IEL L. D.
Granger, late a Member of this House from the State of Rhode Island.

Resolved, That as a particular mark of respect to the memory of the de-
ceased, and in recognition of his distinguished public career, the House,
at the conclusion of the exercises of this day, shall stand adjourned.

Resolved, That the Clerk communicate these resolutions to the Senate.

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

Mr. Capron. Mr. Speaker, iqjoii the passage of the resolu-
tions, in view of the fact that the present Congress is so near
its close and Members can not have an opportunity for a special
occasion, I will ask nnanimous consent that ^Members desiring
to do so mav have leave to print remarks in the Record on the
life, character, and public services of JMr. Granger during the,
remainder of the present session.

The Speaker pro tempore. The gentleman from Rhode
Island asks unanimous consent that Members may have leave
to print remarks with reference to the life, character, and jiulj-
lic services of the late Mr. Granger during the remainder of
the session. Is there objection? [.\fter a pause.] The Chair
hears none.

The question was taken, luuI the resolutions were unani-
mot'.slv agreed to.


Address of Mr. Capron, of Rhode Island

Mr. SpEakkk;

Who misses ur uliu wins tlie prize

Go lose or conquer as ye can,
But if ye win or if ye lose,

Be each, pray God, a gentleman.

The actuating impulse of the life and the character of Daniel
Larxed Davis Granger, who recently passed from our midst
to the great beyond, was in his instincts habitually of the qual-
ity of a gentleman in every relation in life. Born in the citv
of Providence May 30, 1852, and reared in the atmosphere of a
religious home, his youth and young manhood promised the
fruition which his later life fulfilled. He gave constant and
consistent effort to the jjromotion of his high ideals of religious
life and living. A graduate of Brown University, in 1S74, he
chose the law as his profession in his native city of Provi-
dence, and my personal acquaintance with hitn began with his
acceptance of the position of clerk in the Rhode Island house of
representatives. Soon' thereafter he was chosen by his fellow-
citizens to the responsible office of city treasurer of Providence.
His incumbency of that position was characterized by a high
degree of ability and probity, and resulted in the commendation
of his people. His success in keeping the credit of his citv upon
a high and honorable financial ])lane was duly apjjreciated and
commended. Continuing in the service of his city, the second
in size in New England, he was called to the high office of chief
executive thereof. His ser\-ice as mayor was characterized
by an able, honest, and progressive administration, and after


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serving two terms he voluntarily declined to accept renomina-
tion to the mayoralty. But he was not permitted to retire
from public life, and was nominated and elected to represent
his — the first district of Rhode Island — in the Congress of the
United States. His quiet and unostentatious manner as a new
Member of this body won him the friendship of the Members
of the House in a conspicuous degree.

In the second Congress to which he had been chosen he was
appointed to membership upon our most important Committee
of Ways and Means. The insidious and often distressing and
painful disease to which he at last succumbed had deprived
him of the opportunity to devote himself to the important work
of his committee to the extent which his ambition impelled, but
he bravely fought back his increasing suffering and took part
in the work of the House and committee when at times prudence
might have counseled him to give first attention to his health.

From the human view point it seems hard that this life should
be cut short while one is still in his prime with so much to attain
which seems approaching fruition; yet who can measure the
real value of human accomplishment and its limitations? A
single act may justify a whole life, even from the earthly point
of view. Onlv the Supreme Intelligence can correctly appraise
the worth of any one of us in His great scheme of the true value
of our existence. The full value of man's service to his fellow-
men, and as measured by our Creator, is not for finite minds
to know.

Our friend has gone from the place in our midst which knew
him so well. His memory will long remain to cheer us in our
efforts to carry out each his little part in the infinite plan of
life. It seems a pity sometimes that "the kindly things said of
us after we have passed to our reward could not have been said
while the subject was still upon the active field of life to cheer
and sustain us in our efforts to aid in the uplift of humanity."

Address of Mr. Gouldeii. of New York ii

Address of Mr. Goulden, of New York

Mr. Speaker: On Sunday, February 14, 1909, our colleague,
Daniel L. D. Granger, of Rhode Island, departed this life. He
died in \\'ashington, at the post of duty, though unable to attend
the sessions for some time prior to his death.

For two years he suffered with an incurable disease, which he
bore with Christian fortitude and resignation. It was my good
fortune to know our late colleague quite well, and the relations
existing between us were always of the most friendly character.

To know him was to respect and love him. He was a man of
deep feelings and great sympathy. It was his invariable custom
to bid everyone a cheerful "Good morning!" and in a pleasant
manner inquire about your health. His disposition was a jovial
one, and he was fond of telling a good story. His companions
loved to hear him, no matter what his subject might be.

As a Member of Congress he was faithful and earnest in the
discharge of his duties. He rareh- missed a committee meeting
or a session of the House. In his action on important matters
he was disposed to be independent and nonpartisan. He meas-
ured up to the full standard as a man and as a statesman. His
life is an inspiration for the young men of the Nation. It shows
what a poor boy can accomplish in this favored land. Beginning
at the bottom of the ladder, he worked his way up to the top,
becoming one of the leading men, not alone of his State but of
the Nation. His loss will be seriously felt by all who had the
honor of his acquaintance.

Our consolation is that he did not live in vain — that his
example is left us for the inspiration and conduct of those who
follow him.

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We mourn him dead, but "his deeds do hve after him.

Now is the stately column broke,
The beacon light is quenched in smoke,
The trumpet's silver voice is still,
The warder silent on the hill.

Address of M> . O'Conncll, of Massachusetts 13

Address of Mr. O'Connell, of Massachusetts

Mr. Speaker: As a New England Democrat, mv position to-
day, participating in these memorial exercises to the memory
of my late colleague, has a doubly sad significance. It is pain-
ful to comment on the loss of one who has been a colleague,
with whom relations have been most pleasant and cordial, but
it is even more so when it is realized that his departure re-
moves from Congress one of the small handful of Democrats
who represent the great group of New England States.

In the political economy of this Nation it may, perhaps, be
generally accepted that an uneven division of political respon-
sibility is to be regretted. New England with her almost solid
representation of Republicans, and the South with its even
more solid Democratic representation, afford two striking ex-
amples of this policy. Many leaders of highest thought in New-
England have believed that this policy has injured the interests
of New England in many instances in the last two decades.
Rhode Island, however, was wise enough to dissent from her
sister New England States and divided her representation, giv-
ing to Mr. Gr.angER, as a Democrat, the honor of representing
her for three successive terms in the National Halls of Congress,
along with his colleague, Mr. Capron, of the opposite political

This policy proved a happy one, and in the choice of Mr.
Granger splendid discernment was shown and just recognition
paid to meritorious and honorable ser>-ice rendered by him in
prior years, when, as reading clerk of the Rhode Island legis-
lature and treasurer and mayor of Providence, he won the
esteem and respect of all those who knew him of both political

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faiths. That the policy of the citizens of Rhode Island was not
a mistaken one was clearly shown when Mr. Gr.anger was ele-
vated to the very important position of membership on the
Ways and Means Committee, the most important committee in
Congress. This place on the committee gave to the State of
Rhode Island a position in the councils of the Nation which her
very large industrial interests and her splendid traditions justly
entitled- her to, and was an impressive vindication of the policy
of her citizens in sending a Democratic Representative to Wash-

The Democracy of the Nation mourns the loss of Mr. Gran-'
GER and to-day joins the citizens of the First Rhode Island dis-
trict in paying due and merited respect to his memorv.

It was, indeed, unfortunate that in the last year of his life
his health was poor; but his patience, good nature, and courage
in fighting off the malady which finally proved fatal won for
him the admiration and love of his friends, and his gallant
fight will always be regarded with the warmest respect bv all
who knew him.

Mr. Gr.xngER was courteous, considerate, and polite, thus
splendidly combining those elements which distinguish a gen-
tleman and won for him the love and esteem of his fellow-men.
As a university graduate, he carried into the vital affairs of this
Nation those ideals which had come to him from a line of an-
cestors who believed in the undying principles of Jefferson and
Jackson. He early recognized that this Government, in order
to be a success, must continue along the lines of its founders,
and a continuation along that line meant that it must be gov-
erned by one of the big parties. He believed the Democratic
party better equipped in principle, as his fathers had before
him. As a strict party man Mr. Gr.xngek" had the confidence
of his party associates; as a Member of Congress he had the

Address of Mi. O'Connell, of Massaclntsetts 15

respect of his political opponents because of his lovalt\', fcaltv,
and strict adherence to Democratic doctrine.

The most regrettable part of his career was tiie fact that the
last six months found him physically unable to meet the de-
mands imposed upon him as a Member of Congress from a dis-
trict with large, varied, and important interests. His friends
and close associates believe that had his health continued as
it was in prior years he jvould unc|uestionably have been re-
elected. As it was, Mr. Granger felt that he had been re-
elected. With this thought firmly impressed in his soul, he
was preparing to contest the seat of his opponent at the polls.
Unquestionably this belief on his part was sincere. I know
nothing about the merits of the case, nor do I care at this time
to in any way discuss them, other than to say that, believing
as he did, he certainly acted as a man in carrying the fight to
the highest tribunal. To die fighting a just cause is glorious to
men. D.wiEL L. D. Gr.axgER died fighting for what he felt to
be a just cause.

In his death Democracy loses a loyal, illustrious, and desers-
edly honored son; the Nation mourns the departure of a wise
counselor; the State of Rhode Island, with reverence, places
his name among those of her sons who, born on her soil and
educated in her schools and universit\-, continued through life
to remember the ideals and the traditions which, from the days
of Roger Williams, have placed Rhode Island high in the galaxy
of States forming the American Union.
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Address of Mr. Clark, of Missouri

Mr. Speaker: Antilhcr Member of this House has gone to join
the \-ast majorit}-. When we consider the fact that most men
are in good health and not past the prime of life when elected
as Members of the House, the mortality is astonishingly large.
When the membership was only 357. in one term since I have
been here 17 died. Hard work and close confinement are
largely responsible for this condition of affairs. Let us hope
that the step which we took on Saturday looking toward a
remodeling of the Hall of the House so as to let in the sunshine
and air may tend to lengthen the !i\-es of the Members.

The latest of our Congressional bretliren to depart was
D.'\.\'iEL L.^RNED Davis Granger, a Representative from Rhode
Island. In three Congresses he ably and faithfully represented
the capital district of that ancient Commonwealth. Having
graduated from Brown University — one of our finest institu-
tions of learning — and having been in due time admitted to
the bar, he practiced successfully his profession in his native
city of Providence until circumstances led him to enter public
life, where he had a long and honorable career. Twice he was
elected reading clerk of the state house of representatives;
elected city treasurer, which position he held eleven years;
twice he was elected mayor of Providence, and twice to this
House. His public record is above criticism. In every posi-
tion to which the \'oice of his fellow-citizens called him he dis-
charged his duties so well that at the first opportunity they
promoted him. In every contest in which he engaged the poll
proved that he was stronger than his party.

Address oj Mr. Clark, oj Missouri 17

We all know that he was an honest, modest, straightforward,
, industrious, dependable man. vSoon after he came to Congress
he was placed upon the great Committee on W'ays and Means —
an unusual honor for a Member of so short sen^ice. Having
served with him on that committee, I cheerfully bear testimony
to the value of his ser^-ices thereon. During two vears of our
joint serv'ice the fact that I was the ranking Democrat forced
me to a closer communion and more intimate acquaintance
with my party fellows on that committee than would other-
wise have been the case. Thus 1 came to know our Brother
CtR.-\.ngER thoroughly, and I know that his every impulse was
honorable and patriotic. He had very decided \'iews — old-
fashioned views — as to jniblic policies, which he advocated with
courage and to which he- adhered with consistency. Though
mild in manner, he was firm as a rock.

His lidelitv to duty was signally illustrated in his last months.
As soon as Hon. vSereno I^. Payni', chairman of the Committee
on \Va%s and Means, issued his call for a meeting of that com-
mittee in this city on Xovembcr 10 to conduct the tariff hear-
ings, Mr. Granger wrote me that he was sick, but that if we
realh- needed his servdces he would come on an\\\a\-. I at
once both wrote and telegrajjlicd him to rest at home, recu-
perate, and get well, while we would do our best with the tariff
hearings; but, nevertheless, after a few days, he did come to
\\'ashington with the seal of death upon liis face and wanted to
join us in conducting the hearings. I had some difficulty in
dissuading him from essaying a task for which his physical
power was inadequate.

Some years ago he induced me to journey to Providence for
the purpose of making a si^eech. 1 was never more generously
received or more bountifully entertained. Before I left Provi-
dence I made three speeches instead of the one I had intended

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to make. Rhode Island hospitality is a thing never to be for-
gotten when once experienced. I have visited many Repre-
sentatives in Congress in their home towns and have witnessed
divers manifestations of regard for them, but for none of them
more than for Mr. Gr.'\ngER. He appeared to know every-
body, and all of his constituents, without regard to political
affiliations, appeared to entertain personal affection for him.

His closing days were peaceful as a summer's eve, and he
sleeps the sleep of the faithful in the beloved city of his birth,
among those who loved him well and for whom he wrought
with fidelity and success.

Address of Mr. Slayden, of Texas 19

Address of BJr. Slayden, of Texas

Mr. Spkakkk: With the name- of Ivii.iilaiul's .threat naval lu-ro,
Nelson, is forever associated the word " duty. " With equal per-
manenet- it is allied to that of Robert l{dvvard Lee, who said it
was the subliniest word in our language. Now, by reason of
the inherent elements of his nature and the ren;arkable appre-
ciation of those qualities that were so eloquentlv voiced by
Charles l'"rancis Adams, of Massachuselts, in his wonderful cen-
tennial address, we can never think of Lee except as typical of
character. That great son of ^Massachusetts admired the genius
of the X'irginian, but he admired his character more. While

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