HISTORICAL NOTES: Wisest Statesman

In the 25,000 words of his memoirs, John Nance Garner, a frugal man with praise, had almost none for Franklin Roosevelt. Last week, in Collier's magazine, he got around to a judgment: "Roosevelt made a good President for four years, and could have been a great one in the second four."

Democrat Garner's kudos went to a Republican. Garner's judgment on Herbert Hoover: "[He] is the wisest statesman on world affairs in America."


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