The Man Who Saved the Whole Country

by Gary Lehmann

J. Pierpont Morgan sat in a darkened room of the Arlington Hotel and waited.
He smoked endless cigars and played solitaire until the President called.
Grover Cleveland walked up and down in the Blue Room of the White House.

The panic of 1893 dragged on and the gold reserve was getting dangerously low.
Grover Cleveland knew there was only one man with the liquidity and pull,

but J. Pierpont Morgan sat in a darkened room of the Arlington Hotel and waited.
He smoked endless cigars and played solitaire until the President called.
Grover Cleveland walked up and down in the Blue Room of the White House.

Morgan was not going to be hurried, and he wasn't about to work on the cheap.
A few calls to European bankers and to some Morgan cronies for a tidy profit.

So J. Pierpont Morgan sat in a darkened room of the Arlington Hotel and waited.
He smoked endless cigars and played solitaire until the President called.
Grover Cleveland walked up and down in the Blue Room of the White House.

Cleveland was holding back. He knew his party would explode in protest.
William Jennings Bryan would launch a withering attack; McKinley would roar.

Grover Cleveland walked up and down in the Blue Room of the White House.
Still, J. Pierpont Morgan sat in a darkened room of the Arlington Hotel and waited.
He smoked endless cigars and played solitaire. It's the President for you, sir.


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