Senator Sorghum's Primer of
Philander Chase Johnson - 1906
Philander C. Johnson
(1866-1839), a native of Wheeling, West Virginia, was a journalist,
humorist and poet. He worked for a number of Washington newspapers. He
wrote a number of plays but his most famous work is this title which is
the collected aphorisms of the fictional senator.
His book was published
in two formats. Both books have 64 pages of pithy little sayings.
Inspiration for these blurbs undoubtedly came from politicians. The
text of both books is identical. Altemus only published this book in
My favorite saying: "Politics is the art of turning affluence into
influence." I guess nothing much has changed over the past 100 plus
The board cover book cost 50 cents. It is 7 x 5.5.
The ooze calf book
cost $1.00 and originally came within a box. It is 8.25 x 6.
Here is a sample page.