George Samuel Clason
Early life and education
Clason started two companies, the Clason Map Company of Denver, Colorado and the Clason Publishing Company. The Clason Map Company was the first to publish a road atlas of the United States and Canada, but did not survive the Great Depression.
Clason is best known for writing a series of informational pamphlets about being thrifty and how to achieve financial success. He started writing the pamphlets in 1926, using parables that were set in ancient Babylon. Banks and insurance companies began to distribute the parables, and the most famous ones were compiled into the book The Richest Man in Babylon - The Success Secrets of the Ancients.  He is credited with coining the phrase, "Pay yourself first".
Clason was married twice, the first time to Ida Ann Venable and the second to Anna Burt. He died in Napa, California and was buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Mateo County, California .
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