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"At a few yards' distance is the door of the Senate, which contains within a small space a large proportion of the celebrated men of America.  Scarcely an individual is to be seen in it who has not had an active and illustrious career:  The Senate is composed of eloquent advocates, distinguished generals, wise magistrates, and statesmen of note, whose arguments would do honor to the most remarkable parliamentary debates of Europe."

-Alexis De Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Vol. 1.