Why is Missouri called the "Show-Me state"? The biggest legend is that the phrase was said by U.S. Congressman from Missouri, Willard Duncan Vandiver. At a dinner for the House Naval Affairs Committee in 1899, a fellow Congressman stated that he had a tailor make his formal suit in fifteen minutes. Upon hearing this, Vandiver reportedly said, "I'm from a state that raises corn, cotton, cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I'm from Missouri. You have to show me."
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