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Figure BROOKS FLETCHER REDPATH In Congressman Brooks Fletcher Ohio Has Discovered a New Political Idol and Leader — Ohio State Journal. President Harding's Prophecy Although newspaper, political and business rivals, there always remained between Warren G. Harding and Brooks Fletcher a loyal and affectionate friendship. Many years ago the late President prophesied that Brooks Fletcher would some day distinguish himself in statesmanship. Many think the prophecy is soon to be realized. Newspapers are now referring to Congressman Brooks Fletcher for the United States Senatorship. More Than a Million Have Paid to Hear Brooks Fletcher While yet one of the youngest men before the public, Brooks Fletcher had already won national recognition as the outstanding dramatic orator of the platform. The return date is the final test of platform merit and Mr. Fletcher holds the record for return dates. He goes back to the same towns again and again, year after year. His record for big door receipts is one reason why there has been more demand for Mr. Fletcher's time than could be filled. Fletcher's Top Rating in the Committee Reports Out of several thousand committee reports on more than seven hundred Lyceum and Chautauqua attractions, including the leading musical, entertainment and lecture celebrities filling engagements in twenty-two states, Brooks Fletcher received the highest average rating. The classified committee reports from forty-one states, covering a period of nine years, give Mr. Fletcher a higher rating, from the standpoint of satisfied audiences, than that of any other headliner rated by the committees. This fact is more convincing than all other selling talks combined. How Brooks Fletcher Became, Overnight, a National Political Figure By his sensational election to the United States Congress as a Democrat from the late President Harding's home district, which is overwhelmingly Republican, Brooks Fletcher became, overnight, a national figure in politics. He defeated TWO opponents—one the regular Republican Congressman who, for years, had been considered unbeatable, and the other a La Follette progressive running on an independent ticket. In November, 1924, he was the only man in the United States to be elected to Congress against TWO opponents, and by the largest plurality in the history of his district, in face of the greatest Republican landslide on record. May Become Governor of Ohio or United States Senator In the newspapers and in political circles Brooks Fletcher has, in previous years, been mentioned as a possible candidate for governor of Ohio, but until recently he declined to enter politics. At the Jackson Day banquet in Columbus in January, 1925, Mr. Fletcher was on the program with United States Senator Pat Harrison, Governor Vic Donahey and a number of other distinguished orators. Because of the sensation his speech created, the Columbus newspapers, the following day, heralded him as Ohio's new political idol. A week later a Fletcher-for-Senate Club was organized and Brooks Fletcher's name was broadcasted from coast to coast as a popular choice for the United States Senatorship. Brooks Fletcher in the Eyes of Great Americans William Jennings Bryan In a recent speech at Kenton, Ohio, William Jennings Bryan said: In my friend, Brooks Fletcher, you people of Ohio have an opportunity to send to Washington a man of noble character and brilliant mind who from his youth has fought the battle for humanity and the right, and who as Congressman will make a record for statesmanship of which Ohio will be proud. Dr. Albert E. Wiggam's Opinion I have talked with Brooks Fletcher of political economy, of science, of art, of history, of business, of literature, of philosophy. The wide range of his reading, the accuracy of his profound scholarship, the immensity of his interests, the sympathy of his heart, the clearness of his estimates of men and issues, the accurate insight he has into the processes of society, business and industry, and the lion-like courage that is in him—these were some of the unforgetable impressions that I carried away with me. An Estimate by Opie Read If Brooks Fletcher is sent to the United States Senate intelligence will be complimented and the statesmanship of the elder day will, in a degree, be re-established. Fletcher is not only a great orator but out of the depths of his trained mind arises the true qualities of statesmanship. By sending him to the United States Senate Ohio will draw about her shapely shoulders the mantle of honor. An Expression by Judge Ben B. Lindsey In all my acquaintance with public men I do not know one who has done more than Brooks Fletcher to advance the cause of good government. Here is a man who knows America as few men know it. In every state in the Union I find the people know him and have heard him again and again. Many of the greatest of the nation's leaders are his personal friends. The work he has done among the young people of the public schools, colleges and universities of the country is alone sufficient to give him national recognition in the field of education. I find the young people everywhere worship and love him. To my mind Brooks Fletcher is one of the most hopeful and powerful men in our public life today. Fletcher has magnetism, personality and the gift for leadership, and is a credit to the State of Ohio, a credit to his people and a credit to the nation. From an Editorial by James Schermerhorn, Distinguished Detroit Editor Despite handicaps, Brooks Fletcher has built himself up to be a commanding figure in the public life of America. His advent in the United States Congress gives to the State of Ohio the credit of having restored a measure of the special intellectual equipment and forensic power that once was the glory of that distinguished body. Somehow the coming into leadership of a man endowed as is Brooks Fletcher brings back to memory the days of Reed, Grosvenor, of Carlisle, and Randall, and Garfield, and Blaine, and real statesmen leaders of like mould. Brooks Fletcher standing where these Congressional luminaries stood! It seems like a leaf out of the record of the golden age of what was the greatest deliberative body in the world. An Orator's Subjects Proclaim Him Note the Originality and the Dramatic Appeal of Brooks Fletcher's Subjects 1. WHO IS YOUR HERO? 2. FOOLS I HAVE MET 3. WHEN A MAN GETS A VISION 4. TRAGEDIES OF THE UNPREPARED 5. DEVELOPING YOUR HIDDEN POWER 6. AMERICA AND WORLD LEADERSHIP 7. THE FINE ART OF BEING SOMEBODY 8. HOW TO MARKET YOUR PERSONALITY 9. THE ECONOMIC FALLACY OF ISOLATION 10. DEMAGOGUES, — THEIR CAUSE AND CURE 11. WHY YOUR HOME TOWN LOOKS LIKE YOU HIGH SCHOOL GINGER TALKS Without additional cost to the committees, Mr. Fletcher addresses the schools and the young people pack the auditorium for his lecture in the evening. MARTHA FLETCHER When circumstances permit, Martha Fletcher, the talented wife of Brooks Fletcher, gives a short musical prelude. Mrs. Fletcher campaigned with her husband and her popularity with the people had much to do with his election to Congress. In addition to her unusual business ability and talent as a musician Mrs. Fletcher also is a gifted public speaker. While yet a student in the University Mrs. Fletcher had made a reputation for herself on the Chautauqua platform. Figure STUDY THE FACES OF THESE BUSINESS MEN A study of the intense expression of spellbound interest in the faces of these prominent Los Angeles business men will give you some idea of Congressman Brooks Fletcher's magnetic power over an audience. HELPS COMMITTEES TO MAKE MONEY On every program there should be booked at least one outstanding celebrity of national platform fame whose reputation and name will help to sell the season tickets. WHY COMMITTEES PREFER CONGRESSMAN BROOKS FLETCHER FOR THEIR OPENING NUMBER Experienced committees, with business judgment, prefer Congressman Brooks Fletcher for their OPENING NUMBER because that means big door receipts, helps them to sell their season tickets, advertises the entire course, and is a guarantee of financial profit. Then, in addition to the HUMOR, and the THRILLS, and the AWAKENED VISION, Congressman Brooks Fletcher leaves an UNFORGETTABLE MESSAGE in each community that cannot be estimated in terms of money profit.
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|Personal Name Subject||Fletcher, Thomas Brooks|
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