William Horatio Barnes

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William Horatio Barnes

Death 22 Jan 1879 (aged 46–47)
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Plot Section A, Lot 191, Site 2
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" The American Government : Biographies and Portraits of the President of the United States, the Vice President, the Heads of Departments, Judges of the Supreme Court and Senators and Representatives of the Forty-third Congress." By William Horatio Barnes. New York : Nelson & Phillips, 1875.

This magnificent work, in three quarto volumes, is the most elaborate attempt which has ever been made to present the pertonnel of the Government of the United States. It contains biographies of all the members of the several departments of the Government. No one of the sketches occupies less than a page, and in the instances of the President, the Supreme Court and some of the more prominent Senators and Representatives they extend from ten to twenty pages. The sketches are authentic in their facts, and are very well written. Mr. Barnes has much experience in writing, both as a Journalist and an author. The ability and literary taste manifested in these biographies justify the sobriquet, "American Plutarch," given him by some of his reviewers.

Mr. Barnes first work in the field of American politics and biography was his "History of the Thirty-ninth Congress," published by Harper Brothers, in 1863. He subsequently published still more elaborate works relating to each of the succeeding Congresses. These all have been favorably received by the public and were noticed with the highest commendation by the press.

The work now under notice, however, is by far the most comprehensive that he has issued, including, as it does, in addition to th matter contained in previous publications, tbe number of the executive and Judiciary departments of the Government.

The most remarkable feature of this work
consists of the fine steel portraits which it contains. They are engraved by New York and Philadelphia artists, from accurate photographs. They are as life-like as photographs, even finer as works of art, and are much more enduring. Indeed, there is no style of portrait equal to a good steel engraving.

We sincerely hope that the public will look with remunerative favor upon, this praise worthy and successful attempt to preserve for the Interest of people of the present and the instruction of posterity the portraits and lives of the leading statesmen of the American Republic during President Grant's second term. As a book for the approaching Centennial it must have great value and interest. No work could give, both to oar own people and to foreigners who may visit us, a more adequate view of tbe progress of our country than this splendid work. It is sold only by subscription.
National Republican, February 17, 1875

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