Kathryn Allamong Jacob


On her book King of the Lobby: The Life and Times of Sam Ward,Man-About-Washington in the Gilded Age

Cover Interview of May 07, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Whenever lobbyists, clients, and congressmen come together, Sam is there.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Lamentations that special interests, spending obscene amounts of money, strangle the voice of “the people”? More lobbyists than Corinthian columns in the halls of Congress? These sound familiar today in 2010, but the same stories filled the press and the Capitol building in the 1870s.”

On the second:

“I’ve woven biography together with social, cultural, and political history to create a colorful tapestry that not only examines a life but tells a bigger story about power, class, or gender–sometimes all three.”