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Clearing New Ground: The Life of John G. Townsend Jr., by Richard B. Carter, 2001, 644 pp., PAPERBACK. Prices reflect the cost of the book PLUS S&H fee of $5.00. $17.00
Clearing New Ground: The Life of John G. Townsend Jr., by Richard B. Carter, 2001, 644 pp., PAPERBACK. Prices reflect the cost of the book PLUS S&H fee of $5.00.
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Townsend, our "War Governor" during World War I, arrived in Delaware in a mule-drawn cart with his wife and two children in 1894. During his gubernatorial term he passed sweeping school reform, women's suffrage, road construction, and social service legislation. From 1929-40 the "Strawberry King" represented Delaware as a United State Senator and was instrumental in passing laws protecting farm patents, silver purchases, and legislation aimed to ease the country out of the Great Depression. Several of his ideas concerning banking regulation became the key factors of the New Deal. Following World War II, Townsend was appointed an alternate delegate to the first United Nations Assembly in London. The book not only focuses on Townsend the politician but also on his legendary business acumen. His holdings ranged from ice plants to banks, from lumber to strawberries. At one point he was the second-largest orchardist in America. Among all of his business dealings, Townsend is most famous for the vertical integration of poultry processing--from egg to dinner table. Towards the end of his career, Townsend's Inc. was the largest poultry processor in the United States.


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