U.S. At War: Compromise

The promised knockdown fight between the Old Guard and the Willkieites in the Republican Party fizzled. At its meeting in St. Louis this week, the G.O.P. National Committee picked as its chairman Iowa's greying, thick-jowled Harrison Earl Spangler, 63, dirt farmer, county seat lawyer, and an avowed middle-of-the-roader.

Two days of pre-convention dickering had failed to shake the candidacy of Illinois's Werner W. Schroeder, backed by Old Guardists and anti-Willkieites. But on the first ballot, Schroeder was tied with Washington's hustling, young (35) Fred E. Baker. On the second ballot, Fred Baker...

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