William Gilpin

William Gilpin
William Gilpin
  • Born: October 4, 1813
  • Died: January 20, 1894
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William Gilpin was a 19th-century US explorer, politician, land speculator, and futurist writer about the American West. He served as military officer in the United States Army during several wars, accompanied John C. Frémont on his second expedition through the West, and was instrumental in the formation of the government of the Oregon Territory. As a politician and writer, he was an inveterate believer in Manifest Destiny and was a visionary booster of new settlement to the West, helping lay the groundwork in his writings for a modern theory of the succession of civilizations.

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Aid in perfecting the processes of economical mining and indefinitely increase the production of the precious metals and coin, the liberal assistance of the Government and of Science ought to be involved and it will be given. Money, Coins & Minting
I recommend to you the subdivision of our territorial area into counties, suited to the wants and convenience of the people, with provision for the more minute subdivisions of townships, districts and precincts for municipal government and police. These subdivisions ought to be as small as the density of population may render possible. It is in these complete little republics where the sovereign power of the people is always in exercise, where self government has perpetual vitality and independent freedom is practiced and enjoyed. Management & Managing Government
Railways, multiplied and spanning the continent, are essential domestic institutions -- more powerful and more permanent than law, or popular consent, or political constitutions... They thoroughly complete the grand system... which fraternizes us into one people. Transportation
The citizen must be also a soldier and armed. The system of civil society is never safe from revolution and the shocks of sudden conspiracies, unless associated with and fortified by an equally vigorous discipline of its physical power. Citizenship & Patriotism
The destiny of the American people is to subdue the continent -- to rush over this vast field to the Pacific Ocean... to change darkness into light and confirm the destiny of the human race. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
The pioneer army perpetually... strikes to the front. Empire plants itself upon the trails. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
The pioneer army perpetually... strikes to the front. Empire plants itself upon the trails. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
The wise rule of action is to restrict the powers of corporations within the … constitutional barrier. Regulation & Deregulation
With a perfect system of schools and colleges for the people, alone, can we rely for the virtuous exercise of the elective franchise, for the steady discipline of civil society and for the permanent power of order and religion over anarchy. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training

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