Business & Finance: The Right Answer

Into the Washington office of the Burroughs Adding Machine Co. one day in 1920 came a job-seeking war veteran from the hills of West Virginia. He was given a questionnaire to fill out. To the question: "Why do you expect to be a success with Burroughs?" 22-year-old John Strider Coleman wrote: "I've got to succeed." He got a job as a $35-a-week junior salesman. Last week he succeeded to the presidency of the $46 million Burroughs company.

Add Figures. Burroughs was founded by an Auburn, N. Y. bank clerk, William Seward Burroughs, who got tired...

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