I Suppose That This Is One Way of Putting That . . .

From a Masters thesis about John Bingham written in the 1950s:

“Though active as a lawyer-politician, Bingham did not neglect his conjugal duties.”  [The paragraph then goes on to describe his children.]

That’s not a turn of phrase that I plan to use.

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4 Responses

  1. Ken Rhodes says:

    Harrison Ruffin Tyler lives on the Tyler family estate, “Sherwood Forest,” one of the traditional plantations along the James River between Richmond and Hampton Roads. “The Tyler family” is the family of John Tyler, who was President 170 years ago … and who was the grandfather of Harrison.

    When I read that Harrison Tyler, living in Virginia, is the grandson of President Tyler, my first reaction was “No way; that’s a mistake; must be great-great-grandson. John Tyler wasn’t merely alive 170 years ago, he was PRESIDENT 170 years ago.”

    But it’s true, which brings me to my point–“Though active as a lawyer-politician, Tyler was another who did not neglect his conjugal duties.”

  2. Shag from Brookline says:

    There seems to be a suggestion that multitasking is a recent phenomenon. Also, it should be noted that some duties may also be rights to be exercised. (It’s time for me to begetting along.)

  3. Joe says:

    Ken Rhodes flagged impressive trivia; I would add that the math would suggest Tyler’s son also did not “neglect his conjugal duties.”


  4. Daniel says:

    To add to the weirdness—in a blog post last night, I independently mentioned the fact that Tyler has two surviving grandchildren AND linked to one of Prof. Magliocca’s papers.

    Another non-neglecter was Harold L. Ickes (FDR’s Secretary of the Interior). He was born in 1874, and his son remains active as a political strategist.