From rough frontier soldier to capable politician, Alexander Oswald Brodie earned a reputation as a solid, honorable character in American history. Brodie’s most noteworthy claim to fame was his service as a Rough Rider alongside future president Theodore Roosevelt, who considered Brodie a lifelong friend. He later delved into politics, governing Arizona as it transformed from a lawless peripheral territory to the forty-eighth state in the Union. The stories of Brodie’s personal life, from the tragic deaths of his young wife and daughter, to the happiness he found later on, take shape to make this a biography that authentically illustrates how Brodie became the man he was. By interweaving personal history with the greater story of national heritage, biographer Charles Herner crafts a tale that is both relevant and intriguing.
For any historian interested in the evolution of the American West, Brodie’s story will give a personal account of some of the region’s most important episodes. As a young man, Alexander Brodie spent time at various forts throughout the West, responding to the demands of each different region. He later settled in Arizona, which he adopted as his homeland. He initiated the formation of the first cavalry troop that rode with Theodore Roosevelt that became known as the Rough Riders, sparking a beneficial friendship with the future president. Later, as governor of Arizona, Brodie managed the territory’s unruly political system, earning the respect of comrades and opponents.
Teacher and historian Charles Herner describes the life and accomplishments of Alexander Brodie, an intriguing figure whose accomplishments merit a careful study. Herner guides his reader through this man’s life, highlighting not only the most historically noteworthy events, but also those formative moments that shaped Brodie’s character.
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About the Author
A native of Arizona, CHARLES H. HERNER was born in Jerome and attended high school in Douglas, Arizona. He received two degrees in US history from the University of Arizona, as well as a 2nd Lt.'s commission in the army through the ROTC program. Herner taught US history at Canyon del Oro High School in Tucson from 1963 until his retirement in 1990. He also retired from the United States Army Reserve with the rank of colonel. Herner first became interested in Alexander Brodie while gathering information for his first book, The Arizona Rough Riders. He presently resides in Tucson with his wife Joan.
Table of Contents
1 "Our First Major Is a Dandy" 1
2 "The Life of a Country Gentleman" 8
3 "One of the Most Beautiful Sites in the US" 14
4 "I Do Not Believe They Can Again Be Trusted" 23
5 "He Could Not Fight the White and Indian Soldiers" 33
6 "A Constant Throng of the Elite and Fashion" 45
7 "A Gallant Soldier and Courteous Gentleman" 51
8 "Moving About" 57
9 "The Water Is Upon Us" 61
10 "An Honest and Upright Man" 73
11 "No Better Material Can Be Found Than in the Men of This Territory" 80
12 "The Arizona Squadron Is a Peach" 90
13 "I Am All Right" 99
14 "I Am Not a Politician" 114
15 "You Have Had Nothing Out of This War But Hard Knocks" 119
16 'The Overthrow of the Philistines" 130
17 "Green Enough to Pull Up Corn" 136
18 "A Very Good Democrat After All" 147
19 "There Is a Moral Side to This Issue" 163
20 "He Has Deported Himself with Propriety" 176
21 "When We Pass Over the Great Divide" 192
22 Afterword 205
Appendix: Biographical Reference 237