Go Back > Urban Legends > Questionable Quotes

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 26 July 2009, 10:23 PM
snopes's Avatar
snopes snopes is offline
Join Date: 18 February 2000
Location: California
Posts: 109,489
Frying Pan Teddy Roosevelt on bankers

Comment: I want to know if this quote by President Theodore Roosevelt is

"These international bankers and Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests
control the majority of newspapers and magazines in this country. They use
the columns of these papers to club into submission or drive out of office
public officials who refuse to do the bidding of the powerful corrupt
cliques which compose the invisible government."
Reply With Quote
Old 02 August 2009, 04:51 PM
samclem samclem is offline
Join Date: 23 March 2008
Location: Akron, OH
Posts: 25

That exact quote, in rather a longer form, is attributed by an editor at Wikipedia to John F. Hylan, Mayor of NYC. He/she says it was in a speech from 1922.

John Francis Hylan

After fruitless work last night, I got up refreshed this AM, and can report that the Wikipedia article is probably correct.

The exact quote published in Wikipedia is available using a Google Book Search. From the Almagamated Sheet Metal Worker's Journal, issue of April, 1922.

Google Books

Hylan spoke in Chicago on March 26, 1922, to the Knights of Columbus. While the popular press doesn't seem to have lifted that quote, it's availble at my cite from Google Books.

A cursory search of T. Roosevelt and similar things doesn't provide any hits. Roosevelt certainly had the same sympathies, but I think Hylan said the quote.

You can quote me.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 07:00 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.