Risen from the Ranks

Horatio Alger

"Risen from the Ranks" is the second installation in the story of Harry Walton. In this edition, readers learn of how he made good the promise of his boyhood.

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Harry Walton continues to emulate his hero, Ben Franklin, in the second of this two-book series. He works at various jobs in the Boston area, always keen on self-improvement. He has a strong sense of character and is brave, hard working and optimistic as he becomes the well respected editor of a weekly newspaper and then is elected to the New Hampshire legislature. By age 28, he is elected to Congress. Because of his commitment to solid values, Harry becomes a wealthy newspaper owner, an influential congressman and his parents no longer live with the dirt-poor poverty that they had known for so long.

Classic Excerpts

“A boy who is thrown upon his own guardianship and his own resources develops manliness and self-reliance sooner than at home.”

From The Young Adventurer

“Suddenly Andy made a spurt and forged ahead of Conrad. The young aristocrat could hardly believe his eyes when he saw Valentine’s boat, impelled by a competitor whom he had despised, take the leading place. He flushed with vexation and made a desperate effort to regain his lost position.”

From Andy Grant’s Pluck

“You must remember, my dear boy, that hard work is better than luck, and more to be relied upon. Don’t expect to make your fortune all at once by finding a big nugget, but work steadily, and you will meet with more or less success.”

From The Young Miner

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