U.S. At War: The Man They Nominated

The long-distance call from National Chairman Harrison Spangler, making the nomination official, had just come through to the Governor's Mansion at Albany. Trim in a grey suit and russet tie, Tom Dewey greeted the newsmen, shaking hands all around, but maintaining an unblinking dignity. To the first man offering congratulations, Tom Dewey cracked: "You mean congratulations or commiseration?"

An hour later, at Albany's tiny airport, he boarded a chartered United Air Lines plane for Chicago. The plane had blue "Draft Dewey" stickers in the windows. Also aboard were Mrs. Dewey, Advisers Paul Lockwood, Jim Hagerty, Elliott Bell, Hickman Powell, and a handful...

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