WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College Friends of Hackney Library will welcome author Garland S. Tucker III for a book signing on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Hackney Library on campus. The author of “The High Tide of American Conservatism: Davis, Coolidge, and the 1924 Election” (Emerald, 2010), Tucker also serves as president and CEO of Triangle Capital Corporation, a publicly traded specialty finance company in Raleigh. Copies of his book will be available for purchase at the event, which is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

A native son of Wilson, Tucker currently lives and works in Raleigh. Tucker graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Washington and Lee University and received an MBA degree from Harvard Business School. He is a former member of the New York Stock Exchange and also serves on the boards of a number of companies, schools, and charitable organizations. His grandfather, Garland S. Tucker, Sr., established the Tucker Furniture chain that is still run by members of the Tucker family.

“The High Tide of American Conservatism” takes a fresh look at the presidential election of 1924 between candidates John W. Davis and Calvin Coolidge, both of whom “articulately expounded a similar philosophy of limited government and maximum individual freedom; and both men were exemplary public servants,” according to a description of the book.

In a September 23, 2010 interview with Roger Aronoff on the “Take AIM” radio show on BlogTalkRadio, Tucker explained how, as a non-historian, he came to write “High Tide of American Conservatism.”  “…I have been a lifelong student of history, I guess–certainly love to read history, and one of the periods that I’ve grown to be interested in was the 1920s.” Tucker shared. “From a business standpoint, as a businessman, I’ve gotten intrigued with the fiscal policies of the Coolidge and Mellon administration, and, really, felt that they have been very much overlooked and/or misunderstood by most historians over the years. Similarly, I developed an interest in John Davis, and think it’s very sad that, as an individual, he’s been totally overlooked–or almost totally overlooked–by historians. That was, I guess, the genesis of the book.”

Historian and author George Gallup shared, “[a]s a pollster, who has for many years studied the shifting tides in political thought in the nation, I found Garland Tucker’s book to be enormously helpful in shedding new light on the 1924 Davis/Coolidge presidential race and to its underlying meaning and significance.”

For more information, contact George W. Loveland, director of Hackney Library, at 252-399-6501 or gwloveland@barton.edu.

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