And he didn't start out poor. The real one, that is, as opposed to the fictional one.
I'm very disappointed. I read the folktale version of his life when I was a kid and loved it. Now, decades later, I just made the mistake of Googling Dick W., and my fond childhood memories are shattered, I tell you, shattered!
On the bright side, just like the fictional Dick, the real Dick wasn't at all a dick.