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A Life of Albert Pike (New)
by Brown, Walter L.
Publisher: University of Arkansas
Binding: Hardcover with dust jacket
Book ID: 9781557284693, 1557284695
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Albert Pike settled in Arkansas Territory in 1832 after wandering the Great Plains of Texas and New Mexico for two years. In Arkansas he became a schoolteacher, newspaperman, husband, father of eight children, successful lawyer and talented Whig leader, voracious reader of fine literature, polished speaker, popular poet, and important Confederate general. After the Civil War, the economic hardships of Reconstruction forced Pike to leave Arkansas; he eventually settled in Washington, D.C., living out his last years in the Masons' House of the Temple. Elected Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite in 1859, a post he held for more than thirty years, he completely transformed and popularized the Masonic movement in the American South and Far West. Drawing on the copious writings of Pike, letters, original documents housed in the library of the Supreme Council, and interviews with Pike's descendants, Brown presents a thorough, impartial history of a quintessential American leader.
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