April 5, Chancey Depew died. 1928. Of all the names on this page, that's the one hardly anyone remembers, unless you're deep into railroad law. He was Cornelius Vanderbilt's attorney, as well as Senator for New York and Secretary of State for the same.


The late Senator Robert Kerr of Oklahoma once quoted Chauncey Depew in an attack on a Senator from Indiana, "As I gaze on the ample figure of my friend from Indiana, and as I listen to him," Kerr began, "I am reminded of Chauncey Depew who said to the equally obese William Howard Taft at a dinner before the latter became President, 'I hope, if it is a girl, Mr. Taft will name it for his charming wife.' "To which Taft responded, 'if it is a girl, I shall, of course, name it for my lovely helpmate of many years. And if it is a boy, I shall claim the father's prerogative and name it Junior. But if, as I suspect, it is only a bag of wind, I shall name it Chauncey Depew.’

As for quotes from the man himself:

On 7 October 1897 Depew inaugurated the New York pneumatic tube mail, declaring: “This is the age of speed. Everything that makes for speed contributes to happiness and is a distinct gain to civilization. We are ahead of the old countries in almost every respect, but we have been behind in methods of communication within our cities. In New York this condition of communication has hitherto been barbarous. If the Greater New York is to be a success, quick communication is absolutely necessary. I hope this system we have seen tried here to-day will soon be extended over all the Greater New York.”

1897. The age of speed! Unless you're talking about bran-less meals, in whcih case, Mr. A. W. Murphy will tell you what it's like not to have a movement for four years.