Saying (probably in 1939): The buck stops here (Request verification)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jan 15 20:22:30 UTC 2014

Fred mentioned that the earliest known verified citation for "the buck
stops here" is in the Wisconsin State Journal, April 26, 1942.

There is a match in Google Books that looks strong for "The buck stops
here". The volume number matches the year 1939. Also probes using
years and months reveal snippets that are consistent with the 1939

The cite can be precisely located and verified by Charlie with a
request to the UGA Repository, if he desires. Alternatively, I can
check it within a week or two. Here is the data:

Year: 1939
Periodical: Hospital Management
Volume 48
Quote Page 55
Publisher: Clissold Publishing Company
(Data from Google Books may be inaccurate)

[Begin extracted text]
Warned spoke on "Co-operation," emphasizing the value of doing the job
without seeking to escape responsibility by referring to a motto he
keeps on his desk - "The buck stops here." He described the extensive
system of laundries operated ...
[End extracted text]

Data from UGA catalog
University of Georgia, Athens
Location: Repository
Call Number: RA960 .H8282
Title:     Hospital management.
Publisher: [Chicago, etc., Clissold Pub. Co., etc.]
v. 43 - v. 50 (1937 - 1940)


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