National Affairs: Last Heffle

Most Senators thought they had heard the final heffling of James Thomas ("Tom-Tom") Heflin, their hulking colleague for a decade, when on March 4, 1931 the 71st Congress was silenced. As the Capitol's double doors closed on his flapping broadcloth coat tails, they believed that his creamy vest, his lush black tie, his florid face and droning voice had passed forever from the scene. Had Alabama not repudiated him in 1930 for political apostasy, electing John Hollis Bankhead in his place? Those who supposed they were through with heffling were mistaken. Last week,...

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