After Many a Year

In the east wing of the White House one day last week, Jimmy Byrnes stood by while his longtime friend, Judge Fred M. Vinson, took the oath of office for the job Byrnes had just left: Director of the Office of War Mobilization and reConversion.

Jimmy Byrnes had stayed in Washington an extra day to attend the quiet ceremony. At Fred Vinson's request there were no pictures. When it was over, Byrnes shook hands with his successor, walked wearily out of the White House to go back to the practice of law in...

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