William H. "Bill" Zeliff, Jr. is a Republican politician from New Hampshire, a member of the U. S. House of Representatives from 1991-97. Born in East Orange, New Jersey, Zeliff graduated from Milford High School in Milford, Connecticut in 1954 and received his B. S. at the University of Connecticut in 1959, where he was a member of the Delta Chi fraternity. He served in the Connecticut Army National Guard from 1958–64 and afterwards was in the United States Army Reserve. Zeliff worked as a sales and marketing manager in the consumer products division of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company from 1959 to 1976 and was an innkeeper and small business owner. He ran unsuccessfully for the New Hampshire Senate in 1984 and was a delegate to the 1988 Republican National Convention which nominated George H. W. Bush for the presidency. Zeliff was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1990, took seat in 1991 and was reelected in 1992 and 1994. In 1996, Zeliff opted to instead run in the gubernatorial race for Governor of New Hampshire.
He lost the nomination to the chairman of the New Hampshire Board of Education Ovide Lamontagne who went on to lose the election to New Hampshire State Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Zeliff is a member of the ReFormers Caucus of Issue One. Zeliff lives in New Hampshire and works as a private advocate, he has three children. United States Congress. "Bill Zeliff". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Electronic Frontiers New Hampshire: Bill Zeliff Appearances on C-SPAN
Ante Starčević was a Croatian politician and writer. His policies centered around Croatian state law, the integrity of Croatian lands, the right of his people to self-determination; as an important member of the Croatian parliament and the founder of the Party of Rights he has laid the foundations for Croatian nationalism. He has been referred to as Father of the Nation due to his campaign for the rights of Croats within Austria-Hungary and his propagation of a Croatian state in a time where many politicians seeked unification with other South Slavs; some of his works and viewpoints served as tenets of Ustaše movement. As a controversial figure he attracted either immense hatred. Starčević was born in the village of Žitnik near Gospić, a small town in the Military Frontier within Austria-Hungary, to a family of a Bunjevac Catholic father Jakov and Serbian Orthodox mother Milica. Starčević attended elementary school in Klanac. Since the age of 13, he was educated by his uncle Šime Starčević who gave him his first lessons in Croatian and Latin.
Šime Starčević was a pastor in a well-known writer and linguist. In 1845, he graduated from Classical Gymnasium in Zagreb. During high school, Starčević further improved his knowledge of Latin, Hungarian and Italian, he briefly continued his studies at the seminary in Senj, but soon moved to Pest in 1845 to attend a Roman Catholic theological seminary he graduated from in 1846. Upon his graduation Starčević continued studying theology in Senj. Rather than becoming a priest, he decided to engage in secular pursuits and started working at Ladislav Šram's law firm in Zagreb, he tried to get an academic post with the University of Zagreb but was unsuccessful, so he remained in Šram's office until 1861 when he was appointed chief notary of Fiume County. He was a member of the committee of Matica ilirska, a Croatian cultural society connected with the Illyrian movement, in the Historical Society and in the editorial board of Neven, a literary magazine. In 1861, he was appointed the chief notary of the Fiume county.
That same year, he was elected to the Croatian Parliament as the representative of Fiume and founded the original Croatian Party of Rights with Eugen Kvaternik. Starčević would be reelected to the parliament in 1865, 1871, from 1878 to his death. In 1862, when Fiume was implicated in participation in protests against the Austrian Empire, he was suspended and sentenced to one month in prison as an enemy of the regime; when he was released, Starčević returned to Šram's office, where he remained until 11 October 1871, when he was arrested again, this time on the occasion of the Rakovica Revolt. The revolt was launched by Kvaternik, who had become convinced that a political solution of the type Starčević called for was not possible. While the revolt drew several hundred men, both Croats and Serbs, it was soon quashed by Imperial Austrian troops; the Croatian Party of Rights was abolished. Starčević was released after two months in prison. In his old age, he moved to Starčević House, built for him by the Croatian people in 1895.
He died in his house less than a year aged 73. According to his wish, he was buried in the Church of St Mirko in the Zagreb suburb of Šestine, his bust was made by Ivan Rendić. On his deathbed, he requested that no monuments be raised to his honor, but his statue was put up in front of Starčević House in 1998. After being banned from practising law in 1857, Starčević travelled to Russia where he hoped he would gather support from his country's eastern rival; when this failed, he travelled to France, pinning his hopes on French emperor Napoleon III. While in Paris, he published his work La Croatie et la confédération italienne, considered by some to be the precursor to his Party of Rights' political program. In 1859, the Austrian Empire was defeated in the Second Italian War of Independence, during which time Starčević returned to Croatia. Austria lost control over Italy, Austria's weakening status in the world paved the way for Starčević's career; as the chief notary in Fiume in 1861, Starčević wrote "the four petitions of the Rijeka county".
He pointed out that Croatia needed to determine its relationships with Austria and Hungary through international agreements. He demanded the reintegration of the Croatian lands, the large kingdom of Croatia of old, the homeland of one people, with the same blood, language and future. On that ideological basis, he founded the Party of Rights with his school friend Eugen Kvaternik in 1861; that party demanded an independent Croatia independent of Hungary. Starčević's famous phrase was:"Ni pod Beč, ni pod Peštu, nego za slobodnu, samostalnu Hrvatsku" Starčević was the only parliamentary representative who agreed with Kvaternik's draft constitution of 26 June 1861, he advocated the termination of the Military Frontier and persuaded parliament to pass on 5 August 1861 the decision annulling any joint business with Austria. He advocated the resolution of Bosnian issues by reforms and cooperation between the people and the nobility. Starčević believed that Bosniaks were "the best Croats", claimed that "Bosnian Muslims are a part of the Croatian people and of the purest Croatian blood".
From his first writings of 1861, until his last speech, Starčević, for 30 years, has tirelessly tried to prove that the main and lasting thing was to get rid of Austrian intimidation and that for the Croatian people there was no life or happier future "until it's under Austria-Hungary." He took up the hostile stance towards the "mindset called Austria, in which governments and ruler