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According to Edgar Quisenberry, the only person to successfully close the First National was Franklin D. Roosevelt.
"The only person who ever succeeded in closing First National," Edgar often boasted, "was Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 'thirty-three,...
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"When a man dies, and his children die with him, then he is dead entirely, leaving nothing to show."