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McMasters, William H

Entry updated 4 December 2023. Tagged: Author.

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(1874-1968) US journalist, 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 the 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.

McMasters ran unsuccessfully for various Massachusetts offices, including the governorship in 1936. He should not be confused with William Henry McMaster (1877-1968), governor of Kansas 1921-1925. [JC]

William Henry McMasters

born Franklin, Massachusetts: 9 June 1874

died Cambridge, Massachusetts: 28 February 1968



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