National Affairs: Potent Opponent

In 1922, there died Senator Thomas E. Watson of Georgia, able blatherskite, onetime running mate of Presidential runner-up William Jennings Bryan. Georgia Democrats elected as his successor one Walter Franklin George. Soon thereafter Washington correspondents, led by Clinton W. ("Mirror") Gilbert and Mark Sullivan, cheered loudly for Senator George. At 44, he was a distinguished lawyer, brilliant orator, a rather impressive figure on the Senate floor. He was no bombaster of the Tom Heflin school, no ranting humorist of the Pat Harrison species. His popularity grew; people began to say that the South...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!