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Bainbridge Colby
43rd United States Secretary of State
In office
March 23, 1920 â€“ March 4, 1921
President Woodrow Wilson
Preceded by Robert Lansing
Succeeded by Charles Evans Hughes
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the New York County, 29th district
In office
January 1, 1902 â€“ December 31, 1902
Preceded by Hal Bell
Succeeded by George B. Clark
Personal details
Born (1869-12-22)December 22, 1869
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Died April 11, 1950(1950-04-11) (aged 80)
Bemus Point, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican until 1912 then National Progressive Party [1][2]
Alma mater Williams College
Columbia Law School
New York Law School[3]
Profession Politician, Lawyer


The test of good citizenship is loyalty to country.
But we must not, if we are loyal, disperse our energies in a partisan warfare that is waged without regard to its consequences to the well being, security, or honor of the country.
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And one cannot discharge the duty of loyalty without the patient and an open minded study of the institution that marked the country and defined its character.
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Americanism demands loyalty to the teacher and respect for his lesson.
Like pictures, men should be judged by their merits and not by their defects.
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The social and industrial structure of America is founded upon an enlightened citizenship.
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Loyalty will not permit envy, hate, and uncharitableness to creep into our public thinking.
Bainbridge Colby
The test of good citizenship is loyalty to country.
An intelligent and conscientious opposition is a part of loyalty to country.
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We must stifle the voice of hatred and faction.
That does not mean that we must forego just and fair criticism, or refrain from opposition to policies which are debatable or which do not command our approval.
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Thus, only in a hopeful and confident temper, in a proud and constructive spirit, will we rescue the present and safeguard the future of our beloved country.
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A liberty subject to law and subordinate to the common welfare.
America stands for individual liberty, but that means an ordered liberty.
It is a high patriotic duty that we support and sustain the men who have been placed in position of difficulty, burden, responsibility, and even danger as the result of our suffrages.
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We must be loyal to the forum of our government.
I am deeply concerned with the diminution of the teaching strength of the country as a result of the disproportionately low salaries that are paid to teachers throughout the country.
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