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Remarks by Representative Crowther
Of New York
Mr. CROWTHER. Mr. Speaker, the long and distinguished service rendered to his State and the Nation by Senator COPELAND is ended. His passing cast a shadow of gloom and sorrow over his vast constituency. In his senatorial capacity he rendered yeoman service not only to the 12,000,000 in his own State but in the role of statesman he contributed to the general welfare of the Nation.
On one occasion he said to me:
Dr. CROWTHER, I am afraid we are too much concerned with the material things of life in our legislative activities and lose the human touch.
That remark was indicative of his desire for progressive humanitarian legislation.
Possessed of a charming personality, he endeared himself to all who had the privilege of his acquaintance. A man of courage and integrity, he earned the confidence and respect of those who were associated with him during his tremendously busy life. Those of us who knew him best will miss him most.
Remarks by Representative Michener
Mr. MICHENER. Mr. Speaker, few men in public life in his day and generation had the broad acquaintance and the personal following of the late Senator COPELAND. There was a reason for this. His friendliness and his courtesy were only equaled by his industry, his ability, his integrity, and his desire to be helpful to his fellow men.
Born in the countryside, he enjoyed the privileges of the average boy, reared in a Christian home and in a genuine American environment. His early ambition was to be a great physician, and in this he succeeded. It seemed that his undertakings were always crowned with success. When he died, he took a man's life with him. He was a great Senator for the State of New York. He was a great American citizen, but he always preferred to be classed as a physician. Undoubtedly, his professional training made him the more valuable in the halls of Congress.
A few miles from the city of Ann Arbor, Mich., is the village of Dexter, and it was here that Senator COPELAND first saw the light of day. In Dexter, the older citizens called him “Roy." The middle-aged citizens called him "Dr. COPELAND." The younger generation knew him best as "Senator COPELAND." In Ann Arbor he was a professor in the medical school of the great University of Michigan. He was mayor of the city of Ann Arbor in 1901. He was a public-spirited civil and religious leader in Michigan. When he sought broader fields of activity, Michigan lost one of its real citizens.
In New York he soon became a distinguished member of the community and it is not strange that he came to the United States Senate. It would be very difficult to convince the people of Dexter that Senator COPELAND had reached the top of his political ladder when the final summons came. Unlike so many men, born in the countryside and in humble surroundings, Senator COPELAND never forgot the old home town. Here his family resided, and he always returned at least once each year to renew acquaintances, enjoy the village life, and, as he oftimes said, receive additional inspiration to carry on the work in hand. Professional success, business accomplishment, and political preferment did not change the man. In these circumstances, you will realize that while the great city of New York sorrowed at his passing, the village of Dexter and the people who knew him intimately grieved because of the loss of a personal friend.
Mr. Speaker, as the Representative of the Second Congressional District of Michigan in the Congress, permit me to pay my tribute of love and respect to the life, character, and memory of this good man.