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McMasters, William H

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(1877-1968) US politician (Governor of South Dakota 1921-1925), publicist, playwright and author whose Revolt: An American Novel (1919) he claimed, with some justification, to have had a central role in 1920 in the exposure of Charles Ponzi (1882-1949), who gave his name to the pyramid scheme where new deposits are used to pay off old investors until the structure implodes. Revolt: An American Novel (1919) is a Near Future tale set in 1940, when two American political parties are vying over the shape of Utopia to come; Blind: The Story of a World Tragedy, by David Glenn MacKenzie, as Seen Through the Eyes of William H McMasters (1934) is a Disaster tale, in which a Comet causes sudden widespread blindness. [JC]

William Henry McMasters

born Ticonic, Iowa: 10 May 1877

died Dixon, Illinois: 14 September 1968



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