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Excerpt from Memorial Address on the Life and Character of John Henry Gea, Late a Senator From Iowa: Delivered in the Senate and House of Representatives, Fifty-Sixth Congress, Second Session
We recall the venerable figure of a late member of the Senate, who, looking back upon nearly fifty years of public service, had ingratiated himself into the regard, affection, and veneration of his brethren and of a large portion of the people of the country.
We recall the form and presence of the junior Senator from Iowa, taken from us and leaving a gap in his State, as well as in this body.
And now we stand with unspeakable grief by the new-made grave in the capital of Minnesota, which within the last two days has received all that was mortal of the brilliant, attractive, and serviceable senior Senator from that State. By his genius, his labor, his devotion to the interests not only of his own State but of the whole country, and by his attractive and Winsome qualities he drew the love and fixed regard of his colleagues. 0 Lord, the sense of our sorrow and loss is unspeakable.
Let Thy consolation come to the members of these families; let it come to the venerable father and mother as well as the wife of the Minnesota Senator.
Grant, 0 Lord, that the sense of our mortality may rest with becoming gravity upon the hearts and consciences of all here, and may we gird up our loins and walk reverently and humbly before Thee. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Mr. Allison. Mr. President, it is with deep regret and pro found sorrow that I announce to the Senate the death of my late colleague, Hon. John henry gear, which occurred in this city on the 14th day of July last. At some future time, of which I shall give due notice, I desire to afford the Senate an opportunity of paying tribute to the memory of Senator gear and his long and distinguished services to his State and his country. At this time I beg leave to Offer the resolutions which I send to the desk, and for which I ask immediate consideration.
The president pro tempore. The resolutions submitted by the Senator from Iowa will be read.
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