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James Barclay ( Wilfred Lucas ) is elected to the office of governor on the machine ticket. Sylvia Marlowe ( Elda Millar ), a lawyer whom Barclay has loved for years, refuses to marry him because she fears that Barclay's ambition is causing him to disregard ethics and justice. When he is persuaded by the political boss to veto a child labour measure, Sylvia determines to run for the office of lieutenant governor and is elected. After war is declared, the political boss is bought by a German agent to kill an army appropriation bill, even though the money is urgently needed. Barclay lacks the courage to defy the boss, so Sylvia arranges to have him leave the state, and during his absence, she signs the bill. At first Barclay is angered, but soon he is reconciled, and his next proposal to Sylvia is accepted.
This 1917 silent drama was loosely based the play His Excellency, the Governor, by Robert Marshall, produced by the Triangle Film Corporation, starring Wilfred Lucas and Hedda Hopper (credited as Elda Millar). The source I have lists Her Excellency, the Governor as a lost silent film. Hopefully it does survive for public viewing and a proper review.
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