[Ads-l] Truman-Related Query

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Aug 25 21:08:01 UTC 2017

The originator of the famous Trumanism "If a man can't stand the heat, he ought to stay out of the kitchen" appears to have been a Missouri judge named Eugene I. "Buck" Purcell.  Can anyone provide me with Purcell's birth and death years?  Can anyone tell me whether Purcell was primarily a judge, or whether he had some other occupation?

Fred Shapiro

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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