REPUBLICANS: Calculated Risk

Nothing could be done about the sweltering, 90° heat. But the little town of Sapulpa, Okla. (pop. 12,000) had done everything else it could to prepare for the arrival of a home-town girl—Frances Hutt Dewey. The rickety old St. James Hotel was freshly scrubbed. Waitresses and porters sweated in new uniforms; the best suite had been completely done over by a local furniture store. At the Frisco station a crowd gathered to cheer Frances and her husband. New York's Governor Thomas E. Dewey.

Tom Dewey was entranced by Sapulpa's welcome to his wife. He was even more entranced by his...

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