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"When Government Was Good: Memories of a Life in Politics" by Henry S. Reuss

"On the Trail of the Ice Age" by Henry Reuss



Interesting Fact:

Henry Ruess was awarded the Bronze Star as an infantryman in World War II. After the war, he served as deputy general counsel for the Marshall Plan in 1949.

Study Questions:

  • What were the primary influences in Henry Reuss' life to lead him into a life in politics?
  • Why did Reuss change his party affiliation in 1950 from Republican to Democratic?
  • Why was Reuss considered a liberal?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on January 12:

    1773: The first public musuem in the United States was organized in Charleston, S.C.
    1932: Hattie Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate.

  • January 12

    January 12, 2002: Former U.S. Rep. Henry S. Reuss died at the age of 89. A Milwaukee native who represented his hometown in Congress for 28 years before retiring in 1983, Reuss was a champion of the environment who wrote legislation that led to congressional designation of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and was instrumental in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. He also wrote legislation that led to the creation of the Peace Corps.

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