National Affairs: Gentleman from Genesee

For generations, the Wadsworths of New York's green Genesee Valley have lived in an ancient brick mansion near the town of Geneseo and farmed the broad acres around it. Ever since the American Revolution, they have also helped to fight the nation's wars and make the nation's laws. One James S. Wadsworth left the Genesee Valley in 1861 to serve as a Union general. His son, and namesake, served in Congress for 20 years. His grandson, the third James Wadsworth, did just what his ancestors would have expected of him.

He served as a...

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