National Affairs: Return of Blanton

Last week voters of the 17th Congressional District of Texas put aside sentiment and gallantry to send Thomas Lindsay Blanton back to the House of Representatives. So impatient was he to take his old seat and rattle the chamber's glass ceiling once more with his mighty voice that he beat his credentials to Washington, was denied the oath of office until they arrived.

Congressman Blanton of Abilene appeared in the House in 1917, a thick- shouldered, stocky, irascible Texan who made himself conspicuous if not popular by his bellowings and parliamentary "cussedness." He was,...

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