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The Resource Defiant peacemaker : Nicholas Trist in the Mexican War, Wallace Ohrt

Defiant peacemaker : Nicholas Trist in the Mexican War, Wallace Ohrt

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Defiant peacemaker : Nicholas Trist in the Mexican War
Title
Defiant peacemaker
Title remainder
Nicholas Trist in the Mexican War
Statement of responsibility
Wallace Ohrt
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Language
eng
Summary
Nicholas Trist (1800-74) was one of those rare public figures who really lived dangerously, prepared to risk everything for principle. Generally unknown today, and slighted or scorned when mentioned at all, he was a man of importance in his time, for he defied a presidential recall order and negotiated with Mexico the treaty that won for the United States the vast Southwest. Trist was closely acquainted with the great ones of his time - including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Andrew Jackson - and was esteemed by those who really knew him. This well-written biography of Trist is also, then, a story of many of the important people and movements of his time. Trist was an idealist, more uncompromising than his idol, Thomas Jefferson (who was also the grandfather of Trist's wife). Trist was respected by many of his contemporaries and, surprisingly for a man of his unbending character, befriended by many. Yet there were many who despised him. On two unrelated occasions, eight years apart, he stood as the most controversial figure in America. In some ways he was his own worst enemy, as Ohnt skillfully shows. An astonishing haughtiness in a man of relatively modest station enabled him to condescend to presidents, quarrel with military commanders, and hurl insults at the House of Lords. Yet the diplomats with whom he worked in Mexico admired and respected him for his unfailing patience and courtesy under the most trying conditions. Ultimately, his career was thoroughly destroyed by its one great, defining achievement: the negotiation of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the peace that ended the Mexican War. Ohrt demonstrates that Trist's quintessential character can best be distilled in a tribute he paid to another: "He is ... a true lover of justice." Sources for this eminently readable biography include the voluminous correspondence of the Trist and Randolph families of Virginia, biographies of notables mentioned, and the most respected histories of the times and events. Those interested in the diplomacy of the era and especially of the U.S.-Mexican War will read with interest the story of the intrigues and rivalries behind the political and military activities of the war, which are vividly presented here
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Biography type
individual biography
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DLC
Dewey number
  • 973.6/22/092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E415.9.T84
LC item number
O39 1997b
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Elma Dill Russell Spencer series in the West and Southwest
Series volume
no. 17
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Defiant peacemaker : Nicholas Trist in the Mexican War, Wallace Ohrt
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-186) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
37418353
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 190 pages
Isbn
9780890967782
Lccn
97035669
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. Items laid in: 1 notecard listing page marked with post-it note; 1 journal clipping; 1 invoice (in 2 parts). With dust jacket.
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illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)37418353
Label
Defiant peacemaker : Nicholas Trist in the Mexican War, Wallace Ohrt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-186) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
37418353
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 190 pages
Isbn
9780890967782
Lccn
97035669
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. Items laid in: 1 notecard listing page marked with post-it note; 1 journal clipping; 1 invoice (in 2 parts). With dust jacket.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)37418353

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