What About That Toga?

Curlyheaded Mayor Ed Kelly of Chicago had waited a good while for his reward. He didn't ask much. All he wanted was a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Somewhere along his rise from sewer worker to political boss of Chicago, Edward Joseph Kelly learned not to drop his gs, acquired a hard, shining polish. To his machine's reputation for ballot-stuffing, patronage-grabbing, "muscling" the votes of prostitutes and gamblers, there still clings a sewer-like smell. But the sanctified odor of a Senatorial toga, thought Ed Kelly, might cover that.

It was Boss Kelly who organized the Democratic convention that nominated Franklin Roosevelt for...