ILLINOIS: Little Black Book

Some men have political sense, some haven't. Young F. Lynden Smith, Pontiac, Ill., lumberman, had it. He had it to such a powerful degree that he attracted the nose of Governor Henry Horner in 1936. The Governor was out for reelection, and the powerful Kelly-Nash machine was out to stop him. It was backslapping, 44-year-old Lyn Smith, a Kiwanian, Mason, Shriner. Elk, World War veteran, whom Henry Horner chose to manage his campaign downstate. Mr. Smith's reward for helping Horner win was the directorship of the State Department of Public Works.

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