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For what it’s worth….

There are five things I’ve learned over the past several months with regard to writing a biography on Emmett: Question Authority Librarians (God bless them) are incredibly busy, generous souls. They have a lot of information at their disposal, but they are not computers. They may have databases, but they […]

Denouement

In the past week, I’ve come across what I consider the turning point, the downward slide, in Emmett’s career and life. It’s October, 1914. Up until this point, Emmett was the Golden Boy of West Florida, he was getting appropriations for his constituency, he was serving on important committees, he […]

Nothing really changes

Even after 100 years, nothing really changes. I found this article yesterday in The Pensacola Journal microfilm. I hope the game was good, but in keeping with the spirit of ‘nothing really changing’, the Washington team probably lost. It is unlikely that Emmett Wilson would have taken off during the […]

Progressive? Stand-patter? Bull Moose?

When I first began to study Emmett Wilson and his political peers, I noticed right off they called themselves “progressive Democrats.” For a while, this confused me — and I wasn’t alone. Many editorials were written in Emmett’s time asking how the progressive Democrats were different from ‘regular’ Democrats. “Aren’t […]

A face in the crowd

Today I found two different film clips of Woodrow Wilson’s swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Emmett attended both of these events, as a newly minted, and then, newly retired congressman. The first one was on March 4, 1913. The clip comes from a film archive source […]

The second opinion

Friends, in research, success often depends on what you do when you are told that a resource needed for critical information doesn’t exist. Many will simply take that as the final answer, and either rework the thesis (which isn’t always bad), or ditch the project (which can be tragic). Very […]

Kvelling!

Friends in research, let me show you why I’m so happy at this moment! You see, I was told the Panama City Pilot for 1912 didn’t exist on microfilm. According to my contacts at the archive, it was unclear if it even existed in bound form. The PCP is an […]

The Cad as Mentor

Part of telling Emmett Wilson’s biography includes a mention of those who mentored him in his early law career. Emmett had two primary mentors in his life; one of them was his older brother, Cephas Love Wilson, Esq. If you want to be the best in your field, you want […]