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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:1452
AUTHOR:Edgar Lee Masters (1869–1950)
QUOTATION:Beware of the man who rises to power
From one suspender.
ATTRIBUTION:EDGAR LEE MASTERS,John Hancock Otis,” Spoon River Anthology, p. 123 (1915, reprinted 1916).

  In this poem, the rich John Hancock Otis describes a man “born in a shanty and beginning life as a water carrier … then section hand … afterwards foreman … who rose to the superintendency of the railroad” as “a veritable slave driver, grinding the faces of labor, and a bitter enemy of democracy.”
SUBJECTS:Power
WORKS:Edgar Lee Masters Collection
 
 
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