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Cooley, Stoughton (1861-1934) to Richard Henry Dana

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03481.23 Author/Creator: Cooley, Stoughton (1861-1934) Place Written: Chicago, Illinois Type: Typed letter signed Date: 7 January 1893 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Cooley writes from the American Proportional Representation League to Dana, lawyer and son of Richard Henry Dana, Jr. States "In view of the national conference for good city government to be held in Philadelphia the 25th instant, permit me to call your attention to a practical means whereby the end sought can the more easily be attained. However intelligent and virtuous the citizenship may be come, whatever its aims may be, the better the tools with which is has to work the better will be the results. Proportional representation is the best political tool yet devised for accomplishing political action..." Typed on America Proportional Representation League stationery.

People: Dana, Richard Henry, 1851-1931.
Cooley, Stoughton, 1861-1934.

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: Government and Civics, Suffrage, Reform Movement

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