The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964 Page: 234
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
New York, after interviewing Traylor, in 1931, also are well worth
I am wondering if the character and integrity and common sense
that this man drew from those backwoods, Kentucky hills of his,
and that humble, but fine, deep rooted home has not been more
valuable than all the garnishment of formal education and formal
knowledge could possibly have been.
You can't teach courage and character in schools and colleges. They
are born in homes and fields and streams and woods. Without these
two virtues Melvin Traylor might have become somewhat of a figure
in the banking world, but would not have been the leader of a new
conception of the duties and obligations of our great business and
His is an American story, of American opportunity, and of
American character and courage.
Friends and loyal employees waited anxiously through his long
illness, hoping each day would bring improvement, but one day
in February, 1934, Melvin A. Traylor yielded to the ravages of
pneumonia and exhaustion at the age of fifty-six. His life had
been a strong thread in the fabric of American history. If he
lacked the color of eccentricity, it was offset by a rare consistency
such as few men have, based upon a proper appraisal of the value
of time and orderly planning so that every hour might count for
growth in knowledge, culture, and usefulness. As Frazier Hunt
said, "Here is real drama; American Drama."
Here’s what’s next.
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