National Affairs: Preeminence

George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and a few other Americans presumably have left records of achievement, but "William G.

McAdoo has a record of achievement never excelled in American history.

Born in Georgia, he was educated in Tennessee, where he practiced law until he moved to New York, where he opened law offices.

"He planned, built and operated the first tunnel system under the Hudson river. He was Secretary of the Treasury in the most critical period in American history and Director General of Railroads throughout the War. . ....

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