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Sort of in memory of that, I took my children, all four of them, and my wife, down to
Chattanooga just this past year, 1996, to introduce them to some of the Chattanooga
landmarks and so forth, involving my father as mayor of Chattanooga just a century ago. It
was a little pilgrimage.
In any case, my father was an important influence on my life. But in connection with his
relationship to his brother: he was always closely associated with Adolph, and it was due to
Adolph's influence that my father quit the political arena, because, as I understood it,
Adolph felt that he shouldn't be both a newspaper man and be involved in politics at the
same time. And so although he was a rising light in political life in Tennessee after he'd
finished his two terms as mayor, very soon after that he left politics altogether and
remained a newspaper man, setting up at the Paris Exposition of 1900 an entire daily
edition of the New York Times, which ran right through that summer of 1900 as a
newspaper, daily newspaper, printed on the grounds of the Fair. He had a marvelous time
and he did extremely well in an impossibly difficult job, and eventually won the Legion of
Honor from the French government in recognition of what he had done.
After he came back from Paris, he became associated with Adolph again in Philadelphia.
Adolph was always the first member of this team. My father came back and got involved in
papers in Philadelphia that Adolph had acquired: first as general manager of the
Philadelphia Times and the next year, 1902, became editor and publisher of the Public
Ledger, which he turned into the leading newspaper in Philadelphia, with almost as much
prestige in Philadelphia as the New York Times was acquiring in New York under Adolph.
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