National Affairs: MacNider Out, Robbins In

Out. "There," you would hear people in Washington say when 38-year-old Assistant Secretary of War Hanford MacNider stepped by, "goes a coming man. A Roosevelt from Iowa!"

They meant not only that he was filling well the sub-Cabinet post that fell to him when Dwight Filley Davis was promoted in 1925 but that he had a good banking business back home, as much vitality as ambition, a hard head, and a multitude of friends everywhere (in 1922-23 he commanded the American Legion). The sum of these is political potency. When he resigned his post...

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