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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1437
AUTHOR: Joseph Gurney Cannon (1836–1926)
QUOTATION: The Post Office Department is like a great root spreading many feet under ground and nourishing the mighty oak. It is the tap root of civilization.
ATTRIBUTION: Representative JOSEPH G. CANNON.—L. White Busby, Uncle Joe Cannon, p. 294 (1927).

“Uncle Joe” Cannon, who was Speaker of the House from 1903–1911, served in the House for 46 years.
SUBJECTS: Postal Service