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Thomas Brackett Reed

Thomas Brackett Reed (October 18, 1839 – December 7, 1902), occasionally ridiculed as Czar Reed, was a U.S. Representative from Maine, and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1889–1891 and from 1895–1899. He was a powerful leader of the Republican Party, and during his tenure as Speaker of the House, he served with greater influence than any Speaker who came before, and he forever increased its power and influence for those who succeeded him in the position.

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    To say that a thing has never yet been done among men is to erect a barrier stronger than reason, stronger than discussion.
    —Thomas Brackett Reed (1839–1902)

    For we saw him throw to the swift flood
    A girl alive with his hooks through her lips....
    —Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)

    We set up a certain aim, and put ourselves of our own will into the power of a certain current. Once having done that, we find ourselves committed to usages and customs which we had not before fully known, but from which we cannot depart without giving up the end which we have chosen. But we have no right, therefore, to claim that we are under the yoke of necessity. We might as well say that the man whom we see struggling vainly in the current of Niagara could not have helped jumping in.
    —Anna C. Brackett (1836–1911)

    At this time in American history, we are like ghosts talking gibberish through different dimensions, and stupid men do not make good make good mediums.
    —Ishmael Reed (b. 1938)