Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Edgar Lee Masters (18691950)
Beware of the man who rises to power From one suspender.
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.