A Classification of American Wealth
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Page entitled : The untainted image of William Collins Whitney

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Of William Collins Whitney's rare threefold success in politics, business and society and of his untainted reputation despite his predatory business practices.

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William C. Whitney steadily built-up his wealth, prestige and popularity, and he retained them despite the Payne-Whitney family feud and, more serious, his buccaneering business ventures. In a lifetime, Whitney had acceded the pinnacle of American business, politics and society and in each of these fields he dad done better than most of his contemporaries. In politics he had made Cleveland president twice and preserved the unity of the Democratic party many times. He had successfully served a term as Secretary to the Navy, leaving   ...


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