John James Ingalls

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John James Ingalls

John James Ingalls (December 29, 1833August 16, 1900) was an American politician.


  • The purification of politics is an iridescent dream.
    • Epigram, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Every man is the center of a circle, whose fatal circumference he can not pass.
    • Eulogy on Benjamin Hill, United States Senate, Jan. 23, 1882.


  • Ad astra per aspera.
  • Translated: "to the stars through difficulties".
    • State motto of Kansas, reported to have been devised by Ingalls.

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