Reading this made me WANT TO WORK HARDER!
— He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Harvard (in Law)
— age 24, he wrote the definitive book ‘The Naval War of 1812’, standard history for two generations.
— age 24 the president appointed him to the United States Civil Service Commission, where he served for 13 years. In his term, he vigorously fought the spoilsmen and demanded the enforcement of civil service laws.