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DEATH OF HON. MARRIOTT BROSIUS.
PROCEEDINGS IN THE HOUSE.
DECEMBER 13, 1901. Mr. CASSEL. Mr. Speaker, as the successor of the Hon. MARRIOTT BROSIUS, late Representative of the Tenth district of Pennsylvania, it is my painful duty to announce his death, which occurred at his home in Lancaster on March 16, 1901, just a few days after his return from the last session of Congress. Mr. BROSIUS was a member of the Fifty-first, Fiftysecond, Fifty-third, Fifty-fourth, Fifty-fifth, and Fifty-sixth Congresses, and was reelected to the Fifty-seventh Congress, having been returned a number of times without opposition. It is not my intention to enter at this time upon an extended eulogy of his life. I shall ask the House at a future time to set apart a day to permit members to express their appreciation of his life, his character, and his services. I therefore offer the following resolutions, and ask for their adoption.
The Clerk read as follows: Resolved, That the House has heard with profound sorrow of the death of Hon. MARRIOTT BROSIUS, late a Representative from the State of Pennsylvania.
Resolved, That as a mark of respect to his memory the House do now adjourn. Resolved, that the Clerk communicate these resolutions to the Senate.
The resolutions were unanimously agreed to; and accordingly, in pursuance of the order heretofore made, the House
(at 12 o'clock and 43 minutes p. m.) adjourned till Tuesday next.
JANUARY 15, 1902. Mr. CASSEL. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that Saturday afternoon, February 1, at 3 o'clock, be set apart for memorial addresses on the life, character, and services of the Hon. MARRIOTT BROSIUS, deceased, late a Representative in this House from Pennsylvania.
The SPEAKER. The gentleman from Pennsylvania asks unanimous consent that February 1, at 3 o'clock, be made a special order for memorial addresses on the life and character of the Hon. MARRIOTT BROSIUS, late a member of this House from the State of Pennsylvania. Is there objection? [After a pause.] The Chair hears none.
FEBRUARY I, 1902. Mr. CASSEL (at 1 o'clock and 20 minutes p. m.). Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that the special order fixed for to-day, in relation to my late colleague from Pennsylvania, Mr. BROSIUS, be now taken up, instead of at 3 o'clock, as originally provided.
The SPEAKER. The Chair will submit the request of the gentleman to the House.
The gentleman asks unanimous consent that the order heretofore made, with reference to the memorial ceremonies on the late Representative BROSIUS from Pennsylvania, be now proceeded with. Is there objection?
There was no objection, and it was so ordered.
Resolved, that the business of the House be now suspended that opportunity may be given for tribute to the memory of Hon. MARRIOTT BROSIUS, late a member of the House of Representatives from the State of Pennsylvania.
Resolved, That as a particular mark of respect to the memory of the deceased, and in recognition of his eminent abilities as a distinguished public servant, the House at the conclusion of these memorial proceedings shall stand adjourned.
Resolved, That the Clerk communicate these resolutions to the Senate. Resolved, That the Clerk be instructed to send a copy of these resolutions to the family of the deceased.
ADDRESS OF MR. CASSEL, OF PENNSYLVANIA. Mr. SPEAKER: In an address delivered about the first of the year on the great men and women of the world who had passed away during the year 1901, the Rev. Dr. Radcliffe presented to the minds of his audience a great array of those who were prominent in art, in literature, in science, in the drama, in theology, as rulers of great nations, and, in fact, in every path of life. When he mentioned the names of the great statesmen who had passed away, prominently among them was the name of MARRIOTT BROSIUS. It is to bear testimony to the life, the work, and the character of this great statesman, that we have gathered here to-day.
Lancaster County, Pa., has always been justly proud of the men who have represented it in this House of Congress, all of whom have been men of ability and integrity, some of whom have been very prominent in the history of our nation-one, the greatest leader this House has ever known—but of all the members from this county none has been so faithful, so conscientious, so pure, so devoted to the interests of his county, his State, and the nation as was MARRIOTT BROSIUS.
Eastern Pennsylvania has always been influenced to a very great extent in its religious and financial life by the Quakers who early settled there. Henry Brosius, who emigrated from England in the year 1780 and settled in Philadelphia, was a Quaker. He was a great-grandfather of the late MARRIOTT BROSIUS, who was born in Colerain Township, Lancaster County, on March 7, 1843, the same year in which Lancaster County was made an independent Congressional district, and it was a matter of no little pride to him that his ancestors, both paternal and maternal, were of sturdy Quaker stock.
His mother died when he was 7 years old, and for a few months he resided with an uncle. After a period of some two years his father married again. His stepmother performed the duties of a mother well, and Mr. BROSIUS always had the tenderest feelings for her. Mr. BROSIUS remained at home until shortly before the outbreak of the civil war. Young BROSIUS was always patriotic in spirit, and although his early years were spent on a farm, he was ambitious for a more exalted station in life. He became a student, confining himself closely to intellectual pursuits, and at the age of 16 entered the Chestnut Hill Academy, but was allowed to remain there only a short time, as the outbreak of the civil war stirred in him that enthusiasm for the defense of his country which compelled him, although contrary to the beliefs of his ancestors, to join the Army and take sides in the struggle for the preservation of the Union.
In November, 1861, he became a member of Company K, Ninety-seventh Pennsylvania Infantry, under Captain Wayne. He was mustered in as a corporal, and served continuously for almost four years, remaining with this regiment until he was mustered out of the service. I will not attempt at this time to give an account of his army life more than to say that he was recognized as an earnest, conscientious, and brave soldier. He was wounded, from the results of which he was ever afterwards unable to lift his right arm above his shoulder. His whole army career is recorded in the annals of the Ninety-seventh Regiment. He was ever at his post, active and vigilant as a sentry, brave and courageous in battle. He was a model soldier. Mr. BROSIUS lost his father while he was in the Army, in the year 1863.