National Affairs: Eleventh Chair

In January, 1925, one seat at the eleven-chaired table of the Interstate Commerce Commission became vacant. To fill it the President turned to the South. Dozens of southern names were presented to him, names of able railroaders, "good traffic men." But none of them was what the President wanted. Finally, it was hinted that he had found his man. But the ideal Southerner refused the chair.

Then the President sent to the Senate the name of Thomas F. Woodlock. "He lives in New York," cried Senators from the South. The President could not deny...

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