Gustavus Myers, History of the Great American Fortunes
It could not be claimed that, in terms of their political-economic beliefs, there were striking differences between the Presidential candidates of the two major parties in 1924.
The Democratic Party candidate was the handsome, soft-spoken, Wall Street attorney, John W. Davis, former U. S. Solicitor General and one-time Ambassador to Great Britain, whom the King of England had characterized as “one of the most perfect gentlemen I have ever met.” Once regarded as an outstanding Liberal, Davis — now a director in the United States Rubber Company, the National Bank of Commerce, the Santa Fe Railroad and other such concerns —had this to say of himself:
I have a fine list of clients. What lawyer wouldn’t want them? I have J. P. Morgan & Company, the Erie Railroad, the Guaranty Trust Company, the Standard Oil Company, and other foremost American concerns on my list. I am proud of them. They are big institutions and as long as they ask for my service for honest work, I am pleased to work for them. Big Business has made this country what it is. We want Big Business . . .