I believe the greatest influence in my life was my grandmother, in whose care I was left at the age of 3 after my mother’s death. Every evening I would sit by her side before the brightly burning fire until bedtime, as she told me tales of statesmen, soldiers, generals, and admirals, many of them whom she had known and many of them who were our own kin. She told me especially of their integrity and high sense of honor, stirring decisions made without thought of self, very often with great personal loss. I learned many important lessons: to thine own self be true; stand by what you believe; have faith in what you believe; and, when you know you are right never surrender, never accept defeat. This is the standard I have set my life by and tried to follow.