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JOHN JUDSON BAGLEY

BY GEORGE H. HOPKINS
June 7, 1882

The great loving heart of John Bagley, and yet his respect for institutions to properly direct human action, was the result of his home training and his parents' character. When but a boy,, but doing the work of a man he took time to read aloud to his parents from standard books on subjects of vital importance to society. His mother's wishes during restless boyhood were his law, and this was his salvation amid great temptations. He could not be only a business man—the habits of his youth directed him. Politics was not simply getting offices, but a politician was one to give form to our civilization. When a boy he was greatly interested in the history of governmental affairs of the Anglo-Saxon races, and the growth of the power in people to form institutions fitted to aid them to enlightened civilization. So his religion was a rebinding of individuals and organizations to that which was true, good, and helpful. No creed that did not recognize that Humanity was divine, in the image of the Creator, could command his respect. He believed in the inspiration of to-day, and so honestly was compelled to leave the church he was baptized in, for that was an institution resting on ancient inspiration. He could not repeat, 'there is no good in us, ' but 'all poor miserable creatures, ' when his mind and heart disbelieved it. " Born and reared as an Episcopalian—but at the same time taught to have for himself convictions and to follow them—in the full strength of his manhood his religion was too broad to be bound and fettered by any creed.

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