ALABAMA: A Man Was the Cause of It All

Alabama's huge (6 ft. 8 in., 260 Ibs.), boar-browed Governor James ("Kissin' Jim") Folsom was feeling fine when he set out on a drive to Washington last week. He hoped to testify before a congressional committee on tidelands oil. He planned to go to New York to see some fashion models who had voted him No. I Leap Year Bachelor, and thus get his picture in the papers. As a self-avowed presidential candidate, he also hoped to rebroadcast a campaign promise—that he would take his "ole cornshuck mop and his ole suds bucket" and sweep up the Democratic Party.

But when...

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