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March 19, 1955

Hugh Roy Cullen: A Story of American Opportunity

JAMA. 1955;157(12):1067. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950290087033

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This biography is the true story of what honesty and hard work can do in a land that gives freedom to individual initiative. The story is a fine antidote for the defeatism that is attacking American youth and for the virus of dependence on getting "breaks" and "striking it rich." Mr. Cullen's early life was characterized by courage, integrity, and laudable self-confidence. He said, "I never tried to out-trade a man and I never let a man out-trade me." When men looked askance at some of the risks he took, they did not know the risks had been well calculated. He knew that "anybody can swim into a whirlpool but it's coming out of it that counts." Born in Denton County, Texas, in 1881, young Cullen had dreams of great things. As a struggling cotton broker, oil lease prospector, and finally, as an oil man on his own, he had

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