Kauffman gives talk at HLOM on 'greatest political figure our region has ever produced'
Local author Bill Kauffman spoke at the Holland Land Office Muesum last night about the life and accomplishments of Barber Conable, the former congressman who served his hometown Batavia and surrounding areas in Congress for 20 years.
One congressional historian said Conable was as highly and widely respected as any member of Congress in the last half of the 20th Century.
Kauffman, who was good friends with Conable, said Conable was "the greatest political figure our region has ever produced."
This month University Press of Kansas released The Congressional Journal of Barber B. Conable, Jr. 1968-1984 and Kauffman is the editor of the book.
"To me he was kind of what James Madison and those guys had imagined what a congressman might be like and obviously, precious few have ever lived up to that kind of standard," Kauffman said.