National Affairs: Defeat

Last week Kenneth Farrand Simpson, 45, had had his first 23 days as Congressman from Manhattan's silk-stocking district. He had started briskly: he offered a substitute measure for the President's Lend-Lease Bill, along the lines of Wendell Willkie's suggestions, limiting the Presidential powers to two years, giving Congress greater control. The stocky, outspoken, ex-Republican boss of Manhattan seemed the most dynamic Republican freshman in a decade. He was counted on to bring to Republican counsels a liberal spirit, fruitful imagination and good-natured common sense.

Kenneth Simpson spent his weeks in Washington, his weekends in Manhattan.

There Republican affairs had gone against him; last...

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