THE PRESIDENCY: The Coolidge Week: Apr. 2, 1928

¶Considerably annoyed by the Senate's transparently political refusal to confirm his reappointment of John Jacob Esch to the Interstate Commerce Commission,President Coolidge made no haste to select a substitute for Mr. Esch. Reports got about that the President's annoyance had carried him so far that he would override the Senate's vote and give Mr. Esch a recess appointment. Experts pondered the legality of such a move. The I. C. C., perhaps at the President's suggestion, retained Mr. Esch in a private capacity, to advise with it on unfinished business with which he...