Editor’s Note: This piece is, at times, harsh in its assessment of Randolph’s character and motives, but the anecdotes and language make it a fun read. Randolph was eccentric, perhaps the greatest orator Virginia ever produced. That is saying much. He was a one man army against unconstitutional federal overreach, and as the author, Frederick William Thomas, notes spent much of his time engaged in a rear guard action of “no.” That alone makes him valuable. Thomas did not appreciate such intractability at the time, but in a day when Congress always says, “yes,” Randolph would be a refreshing departure from the status quo. No doubt, he would be made a political martyr. Happy Birthday, Mr. Randolph. (June 2).
“GREAT WITS TO MADNESS NEARLY ARE ALLIED.”
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