Robert Browning’s epigram, “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp or what’s a heaven for,? was the principle Edward H. Harriman instilled in his sons. He expected his boys to adhere to the same exacting standards he set for himself. Harriman, a perfectionist, set nearly impossible goals, and achieved most of them. “I would rather think of some big helpful thing to be done,? he once said, “get all the people I could opposed to it and to say that it couldn’t be done, and then set both feet and go ahead and do it.? Harriman was born at Hempstead, NY, in 1848. His father was a bumbling and poorly-paid preacher who depended on his wife’s family for a living. Harriman’s mother held the family together with the sheer force of her character.