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Old 12-08-2009, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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Mason L. (Parson) Weems. I had no idea until Washington and the cherry tree were mentioned.

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I've got nothing to offer right now, so anyone who wants to post the next one - go right ahead.
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:45 AM
 
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I had no idea about Weems until the Washington reference. Good one!

Should be an easy one--well known fellow.

I was once described as "A brown, chunky little chap, with a long body, short legs, not enough neck to hang him, and such long arms that if his ankles itch he can scratch them without stooping." Despite rising to the highest rank possible, General of the Army, I had a rough start. Only getting into West Point after a congressman's first choice was dropped I was suspended for a year after fighting with a classmate and threatening to kill him with a bayonet.
I achieved national fame during the Civil War but the bulk of my career was formed as an "Indian fighter". I developed a reputation of scrupulous honesty and was dreaded by corrupt army officers and Indian Agents alike who attempted to profit at the expense of the government and natives. Despite sympathizing with the natives my reputation suffered after my death as a racist and pursuing "genocide" despite my letters documenting my feelings and usually placing blame upon settlers who routinely violated law and regulations involving travel, trapping, and settling.

I also played a small role in dissuading the French from having designs upon Mexico, oversaw reconstruction in two states. As a guest of the King of Prussia, I also saw the surrender of Napoleon III to the Germans, an event I especially appreciated after my experiences with the French in Mexico. I also was in charge during the last time Chicago was under martial law. I also promoted and oversaw the placing of the military in charge of Yellowstone, effectively preserving the park from poachers, vandals and profiteers.

While achieving many notable accomplishments, I was frequently overshadowed by others. Who am I?
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Mason L. (Parson) Weems. I had no idea until Washington and the cherry tree were mentioned.

Parson Weems - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I've got nothing to offer right now, so anyone who wants to post the next one - go right ahead.
Weems is correct
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Philip Sheridan
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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This is a photo edition of Who am I?
I am an Italian actor, pictured below. I was born in Padua, and switched to directing 40 years ago. As a director, I have won a Golden Gryphon award. This photo is a still from a Fellini movie, in which I played a fictional character whose name has become a household word in modern American English and most other languages. This word is most likely to come to mind while you are in the check out line at the supermarket.

Last edited by jtur88; 09-26-2010 at 12:02 PM..
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Old 12-08-2009, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Walter Santesso
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Old 12-08-2009, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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The most famous story I wrote was a biography of George Washington, which was either poorly researched or intentionally misleading, with reference to some very faulty conclusions that remain somewhat carved in stone, involving things like axes and cherry trees and untold lies.
Parson Weems?

edit...damn too late
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Old 12-08-2009, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Walter Santesso
Correct. The actor who portrayed Paparazzo, a news cameraman in this scene:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3E1E...F8CB1&index=13
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Old 12-08-2009, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I was born in the US in the 19th century. I suffered from depression and panic attacks that caused me to drop out of college. I returned to college and was part of a hazing incident that caused all in my class to be punished.

Pancho Villa's incursion into the US resulted in my entire class being mobilized.

I was a political conservative and detested Roosevelt's "New Deal." I made my stand on the issue quite clear with a letter to Roosevelt. However, separate from that, I benefited from the New Deal because of suspended mortgage laws.

Eventually I co-founded an organization that has saved many lives. My wife founded the organization that has been helpful to others who revolved in the orbit of the people I helped.

Many of the obits in the newspapers of today mention that the deceased was a friend of mine.

Who am I?
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Old 12-08-2009, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Bill (and Lois) Wilson? That was a tough one.
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