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Toward the Star-Eyed Goddess

Daniel S. Margolies

in Henry Watterson and the New South

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780813124179
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134970 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124179.003.0002
Toward the Star-Eyed Goddess

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This chapter discusses the events that shaped Henry Watterson's political outlook. Despite having only four years of schooling, he imbibed the politics of the late Jacksonian era; his grandfather had served under Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812. It was Henry's father, Harvey Watterson, who passed on his political sangfroid to his son. Thanks to Henry's impeccable political credentials and a remarkable set of connections, he was able to rise to political and journalistic prominence at a young age.

Keywords: Henry Watterson; political outlook; politics; late Jacksonian era; Andrew Jackson; War of 1812; prominence; political sangfroid

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