Great quote from a book review of James Grant’s Mr. Speaker! – a book about Thomas Reed, Speaker of the House from 1889-1891 and 1895-1899.
“He has been dead scarce 25 years,” Reed said of Gov. King, “yet all that can be found in biographies and histories is a few dates. . . . We all know too sadly well that oblivion begins to devour the mightiest when dead, and in all ages has been so greedy as to overtake some men while living.”