• The Philippines are ours forever. We will not repudiate our duty in the archipelago. We will not abandon our opportunity in the Orient. We will not renounce our part in the mission of our race, trustee, under God, of the civilization of the world. He has marked the American people as His chosen nation to finally lead in the regeneration of the world. This is the divine mission of America.

    Maiden speech in the Senate. "Congressional Record", Senate, 56th Congress, 1st session, pp. 704-712, January 09, 1900.
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