A Connecticut Yankee Goes to Washington
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350 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

20 b/w

Imprint: RIT Press

A Connecticut Yankee Goes to Washington

Senator George P. McLean, Birdman of the Senate

by Will McLean Greeley

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Senator George P. McLean's crowning achievement was overseeing passage of one of the country's first and most important wildlife conservation laws, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. The MBTA, which is still in effect today, has saved billions of birds from senseless killing and likely prevented the extinction of entire bird species. A Connecticut Yankee Goes to Washington: George P. McLean, Birdman of the Senate puts McLean's victory for birds in the context of his distinguished forty-five-year career marked by many acts of reform during a time of widespread corruption and political instability. Author Will McLean Greeley traces McLean's rise from obscurity as a Connecticut farm boy to national prominence, when he advised five US presidents and helped lead change and shape events as a US senator from 1911 to 1929. One reviewer writes: "And there's a bonus: This book is also a love song to a distant relative. We need more historians who truly care about the people they're writing about, and Greeley does just that."
Preface i
Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: A Midlife Comeback (1905) xi

Part One: Simsbury, Connecticut
Chapter One: Old Days, Old Ways 1
Chapter Two: Climbing the Ladder 23
Chapter Three: A Little Help from His Friends 55
Chapter Four: Reform Governor 71
Chapter Five: A Time to Heal 85
Chapter Six: Seeking the US Senate 109
Part Two: Washington, DC
Chapter Seven: Enter Listening 123
Chapter Eight: Saving the Birds 147
Chapter Nine: Working with Wilson 173
Chapter Ten: The Good Ship Normalcy 205
Chapter Eleven: Closing with Coolidge 229
Part Three: Going Home
Chapter Twelve: Coming Full Circle 255

Epilogue 275
Bibliography 281
Index 295
Colophon 317

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October 2023

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Title Details

350 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

20 b/w

Imprint: RIT Press