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A Knight-errant's Defeat

Bertram Wyatt-Brown

in The House of Percy

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780195109825
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854240 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109825.003.0010
A Knight-errant's Defeat

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Sarah Dorsey would not be the last Percy to taste the bitter dregs of defeat, for yet another “lost cause” lay ahead for the family. In 1910, LeRoy Percy was elected to the United States Senate from Mississippi, the highest office that any family member had achieved in America. Percy's friends fully expected his selection to be the first step toward a national career, but the Greenville attorney fell far short of any political goal after that initial triumph. Several contingencies conspired against his advancement. First, no Percy had ever enjoyed or sought public popularity. Old rivalries that his father, Colonel William Alexander Percy, had first aroused in the 1870s also bedeviled LeRoy. Percy's chief political weakness was unabashed corporate conservatism. A further obstacle to Percy's long-term political hopes was a declining base of regional power.

Keywords: Greenville Percys; LeRoy Percy; US Senate; William Percy; corporate conservatism

Chapter.  9299 words. 

Subjects: Local and Family History

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