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Hon. Harry F. Atwood MANAGEMENT Chicago-Mutual Lyceum BuroauChicago Co-Operative Lyceum Bureau Omaha Chautauqua Managers Association Chicago Columbian Lyceum Bureau St. Paul Catholic Lyceum Bureau Chicago FEW MEN AVAILABLE for platform work combine with a rich and varied experience tke natural gift of eloquence as does Mr. Atwood. For years he has been constantly before the public, both because of his recognized ability as a speaker, and not less prominently because of his connection with public affairs. New England ancestry equipped him with many sturdy American characteristics which were further developed by boyhood years spent on a large farm near Chicago. He first gained a reputation as a speaker while preparing for college at the Illinois Military Academy. At tke University of Chicago, where he became a close student of history and economics, he distinguished himself as an orator of original power and fine presence, and hke highest honors were conferred upon him. In addition to winning numerous prizes in oratory and debate, he was honored with the presidency of the Oratorical Association and tke University Debating Society, also the Northern Oratorical League, an association of tke great universities of the middle west. He responded to tke first call for volunteers in tke Spanish-American War, which, in addition to his training at the academy, gave him a comprehensive view of military life. Tke study of law, to which he distinctively turned, promised a career for which his ability and tastes eminently fitted him. A graduate of both the Chicago and Illinois colleges of law, he has been honored since his admission to the bar by appointments as Assistant States Attorney of Cook County and Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. His ability as a speaker has frequently been utilized by the Republican National Committee in tke various states from tke Atlantic to tke Pacific, -where he kas been assigned to speak at many important meetings with the foremost men of the country. In the last campaign he was invited to speak at several meetings in New York City with Governor Hughes and President Taft. During his work as a lecturer, one appearance has usually resulted in a second, and frequently a third invitation. Naturally a keen student of human nature and a close observer of events, his early country life, military experience and varied education; his large acquaintance among people of all classes, especially educators and public men; his extensive travel and active interest in public affairs have given him not only a broad but a many-sided view of conditions, equipping him with an unusual fund of practical wisdom whick makes his message interesting, instructive and inspiring. A vein of optimism and patriotic fervor runs through all that he says, whick, combined with kis originality of thougkt, power of presentation and interpretation of history intensifies love of country, reverence for the flag, gratitude for our heritage and a determination to build well for the future. To those who wish a lecture that contributes to the best thougkt and the uplift of tke community we heartily commend Mr. Atwood. LECTURE SUBJECTS Our Three Great Wars and a Plea Twentieth Century Problems for International Peace God in American History Education and Citizenship Washington, Lincoln and McKinley Co-operation and Progress Press Notices Arlington Heights. Ill. Arlington Heights Review We had been led to expect great things from Mr. Atwood. We were not disappointed. His subject, "Our Three Great Wars," was a splendid effort and received enthusiastic appreciation. He was interesting in his analytical exposition of our history. He was humorous in his illustrations, eloquent in his flights of oratory. On every side we hear the highest praise for Mr. Atwood. Kankakee, Ill. The Daily Republican Few seats were vacant when Hon. H. F. Atwood of Chicago began his lecture on "God in American History." Mr. Atwood, who in the morning had delivered the convention's opening address, speaking upon "The Teacher and Citizenship," in his evening lecture graphically, eloquently, and impressively presented evidences of providential plans and purposes in which the human makers of history in America—the Washingtons, Lincolns, and Mc- Kinleys__the great statesmen, generals, and admirals— have been the chosen instruments upon a stage of which the preparation was the work of the centuries. It was an eloquent, patriotic oration enjoyed by a large audience, whose close attention from the first word to the last indicated the appreciation of which many expressions were heard as the crowd was dispersing. Mr. Atwood has spoken in Kankakee and is considered one of the most eloquent men in Illinois. Irving Park,Ill. The Jeffersonian Mr. Atwood's oration was masterly. It was filled with epigrams which are easily grasped and readily remembered. His voice had a pleasing ring to it and at no time was it tiring. Morn., Ill. The Daily Herald Mr. Atwood's humor at once placed him in favor with the audience. In his splendid oration he paid tribute to Lincoln in rapid fire talk, the word painting beautiful and the peroration magnificent. The audience was brought almost to its feet and would not cease the applause until Mr. Atwood responded with a good story. Chicago, HI. Paint, Oil and Drug Review Mr. Atwood told one or two stories which brought much laughter and opened his remarks in a quiet manner which gave no intimation of the burst of eloquence to follow as he reviewed "The Three Great Wars," closing with a strong plea for international peace. Arlington Heights, Ill. Cook County Herald One of the best Memorial Day addresses delivered here for many years was given by Hon. H. P. Atwood, Assistant United States District Attorney. It was nothing short of an oration, beautiful in language, concise in statement, transparent in thought, and masterful in delivery. He brought evidence of being a careful student of history, especially that of our own America. More than that, he had a winning and convincing manner. Oak Park, Ill. The Church Bell The address of the evening was by Mr. H. F. Atwood, whose subject, "Three Great Americans," was presented in a "new setting" and made the familiar quotations and sayings of Washington, Lincoln, and McKinley seem more impressive, practical, and uplifting. The speaker's estimate of the characters of these great men of our country, so diverse in their elemental qualities, was a tribute worthy of the high standards of patriotism and manhood set by each and received the sympathetic appreciation of the audience for the masterly presentation of the subject. Kankakee, III. The Gazette The address of Mr. Harry F. Atwood of Chicago on "The Three Great Americans" was a masterful and eloquent array of historical facts relating to Washington, Lincoln, and McKinley. He connected Washington with the freeing of a nation, Lincoln with the striking of the shackles from the blacks, and McKinley with the freeing of our brown brothers in the islands of the sea. Among the practical lessons drawn were that the battles are not all fought nor all the victories won. The speaker's advice for men of today is to get Lincoln's viewpoint and do as he would do in regard to the trusts, rebates, labor, the conservation of natural resources, competition, and combinations. Three hundred heard the address and paid most careful attention to it, at its close according the speaker hearty applause. Chicago, Ill. The Ben Franklin Monthly Hon. Harry F. Atwood gave us one of the most satisfactory, enlightening, and benficial talks the club could possibly have had. We go away better men, stronger in our work, more contented with our lot, and with more determination to better our chosen avocation after listening to such words. Opinions Of those who have heard Hon. Harry F. Atwood HON. W. J. CALHOUN United States Minister to China I regard Mr. Harry F. Atwood of Chicago as one of the most promising young orators in the country. He has an attractive personality, commanding presence, and excellent delivery, and in my judgment he is destined to be a great platform orator. LOUIS A. BOWMAN Secretary, Illinois Society, Sons of the Revolution The address by Harry F. Atwood at the banquet of the Illinois Society, Sons of the Revolution, was listened to with keen pleasure by an appreciative audience of pure blooded Americans. His portrayal of the three towering personalities who were the central figures in the three great epoch-making periods of United States history, his clear analysis, his unique comparisons and contrasts, his apt quotations, his simple but impressive eloquence, all united in making his address a charming piece of oratory, as inspiring as it was interesting. Following immediately, as he did on this occasion, the highest paid lecturer on the American platform, he had a difficult task. But he held the closest attention of all and aroused their most enthusiastic applause. MRS. ELLEN M. HENROTIN Chairman Program Committee Chicago Woman's Club The afternoon on which Mr. Harry F. Atwood addressed the Chicago Woman's Club was truly a "red-letter day." His concise and eloquent presentation of his subject carried conviction and at the same time was most entertaining to his audience. GEORGE W. DIXON President, Hamilton Club "The members of the Hamilton Club have heard many good things from the leading men of the country, but the address of Mr. Harry F. Atwood on "Washington, Lincoln, and McKinley" is one of the best that has ever been given before the club." County Superintendent of Schools A. F. NIGHTINGALE w Chicago, Ill. ' It is with unusual pleasure that I commend Mr. Harry F. Atwood as a public lecturer. His scholarship, his mastery of the English language, his eloquence, his deep interest in history and economics, together with his pleasing personality, all combine to make his public utterances attractive, interesting, and profitable. He gave great satisfaction to the teachers of Cook County in an address before them and never fails to please. HON. J. M. KITTLEMAN Member, House of Representatives. Chairman, Charter Committee, and Pres., Kittleman Leather Goods Co. It was my privilege recently to hear the Hon. Harry F. Atwood on Abraham Lincoln. I think Mr. Atwood gave us the finest presentation of Abraham Lincoln, his character and influence on the nation, that it has ever been my privilege to hear. I have heard Mr. Atwood myself on several occasions, and I think for an inspirational speaker, setting forth the highest ideals and teaching loyalty to great principles, he stands without a peer among Chicago speakers. CAPT. ABEL DAVIS President, Illinois Branch, Society of the Army of Santiago de Cuba, and Recorder of Cook Co. An address on an interesting subject has been a feature of our meetings. We have enjoyed them all and appreciated the gentlemen who addressed us. I believe that your patriotic speech of last night was the most interesting of them all. "The Three Wars and Their Influence on Universal Peace" held the members of the society spellbound. It is a patriotic gem which every American ought to hear. The Veterans of '98 whom you addressed last night listened reverently to your brilliant recital of the achievements of their forefathers, and in a spirit of hidden pride followed you closely when you pointed out their own efforts in the Spanish-American War. Congressman New York Director Speakers' Bureau, WM. S. BENNETT Republican National Committee (1908). "I cannot speak too highly of Mr. Atwood's effectiveness as a public speaker." G. N. CARMAN, Director. E. H. LEWIS, Dean of College Students. Lewis Institute, Chicago, ill. Mr. Harry P. Atwood recently gave at Lewis Institute an address which instantly commanded the interest and enthusiasm of the entire student body, to which he was previously unknown. The address was marked by deep moral earnestness, devotion to the highest ideals of democracy, sympathy, tact, and a fluent and graceful delivery. FRANK R. REID President, Lincoln League of Illinois "The most inspiring address I ever heard." RICHARD YATES "It was a great speech." REV. CHAS. K. CARPENTER Former Governor of Illinois Pastor First M. E. Church, Aurora, Ill. It has been my pleasure and profit to hear Mr. Harry F. Atwood give his lecture entitled "Three Great Wars." There are few good interpreters of history; and of good thinkers, there are few possessing the faculty of clothing their thoughts in eloquent and beautiful language. Mr. Atwood is fortunate in combining these two essential qualifications. HARRY DELMONT ABELLS Principal Morgan Park Academy, Morgan Park Ill I first knew Mr. Harry P. Atwood when he was a student at the University of Chicago, and its leading orator. His never failing interest in young men, his fine and magnetic personality, and his inspiring addresses have made him one of the most helpful friends of Morgan Park Academy. S. D. SALTZGIVER County Superintendent of Schools, Kankakee, Ill. I wish for the benefit of the public schools that every teacher and pupil in this country might hear the inspiring and patriotic addresses of Hon. Harry P. Atwood on "Education and Citizenship" and "God in American History." M. E. BINGHAM Secretary, Modern Woodmen "His address on Abraham Lincoln was considered a masterpiece and will long be remembered." JAMES EDGAR BROWN Historian, Illinois Society, Sons of American Revolution Mr. Harry F. Atwood is a lawyer of ability and a lecturer of force and brilliancy. His logical mind enables him to deal with his subject in an analytical and interesting manner. Not long since he delivered a lecture on "Our Three Great Wars and a Plea for International Peace" before the Illinois Society, Sons of the American Revolution. His graceful delivery, wealth of historical allusions, and complete mastery of his subject please, charm, and instruct his hearers. H. M. HOBSON Secretary, Lincoln League of Illinois "It was my pleasure some time since to listen to the address on Lincoln by the Hon. Harry F. Atwood. His style is forceful and convincing, his command of our language is such as is possessed by few, and I have no hesitation in saying that after having heard many of the most noted orators of this country I consider him the greatest of them all." CONGRESSMAN FRANK O. LOWDEN National Committeeman of Illinois "Mr. Atwood was by all odds one of the most effective speakers we had." FASSETT A. COTTON State Superintendent of Schools. Indiana "Your address at Oklahoma City on "Cooperation and Progress" gives the best epitome of the industrial development that I have seen." Chairman, J. H. SCHIVELY Republican State Central Committee, Seattle, Washington (1900) "Mr. Atwood is a strong, forceful, and in every respect an entirely satisfactory speaker. We have had demands for him from all parts of the state." DAVID A. JUSTINIUS Reporter Jeffersonian, Irving Park, Ill. Mr. Atwood's Lincoln centennial oration was one which wove itself into my memory because of its greatness, and it will bring additional interest whenever I have occasion to recall it. Writing it up was one of the pleasantest of all my newspaper experiences. HARRY PRATT JUDSON, President University of Chicago Mr. Harry F. Atwood is a graduate of the colleges of the University of Chicago. As a student he was much interested in history and economics, as well as in public speaking, and was successful in all those lines. I have no doubt that he will present interesting and instructive lectures on the subject which he has selected. CHESTER A. LEGG E. B. PALMER President, Marquette Club, Chicago, Ill. "The address by Mr. Atwood on "Our Three Great Wars" and International Peace has been pronounced by all who heard it as one of the treats of the season. "By his originality of thought, beauty of diction, and power of presentation the speaker confirmed his well merited reputation as one of the country's most noted platform orators." Chairman, State Central Committee, Washington (1904) "I have good reports of Mr. Atwood's work in every place he spoke in Washington. "His praises are being sung by all." J. BERT MILLER State's Attorney Kankakee County "A masterpiece of the English language delivered with a fervor and eloquence seldom equaled and never excelled." A. J. BAUER Jefferson City, Mo. "Mr. Atwood surely delivered the prize speech of the campaign here. He had a full house and an audience that was very attentive and appreciative. I believe he could have held them for an hour and a half longer had he continued." CHAS. W. HADLEY President, Illinois State's Attorney's Association "To hear Mr. Atwood once creates a lasting desire to hear him again."
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