POLITICAL NOTES: Unexpected

In 1920 and 1926—twice in his lifetime—Judge Wallace McCamant of Oregon did something startling and dramatic.

Hot June in Chicago in the year 1920 saw three gentlemen struggling to become the Republican nominee for the Presidency. There were Frank O. Lowden and Leonard Wood locked in a deadly political embrace, and there was Hiram Johnson of California harrying the flanks of both with his delegations gathered through the primaries of states here and yon. On the outskirts to be sure were the friends of Senator Harding of Ohio, preparing...

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