Henry Altemus Company


Non Series


Senator Sorghum's Primer of Politics - 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 1906.

My favorite saying: "Politics is the art of turning affluence into influence." I guess nothing much has changed over the past 100 plus years.

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.



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