U.S. At War: The Facts of Life

Harry Truman showed that he knew how to step up and take on a fight. Over the wrathful objections of Senate President Kenneth McKellar, he nominated David E. Lilienthal for another nine-year term as chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

The President coolly announced the appointment only 24 hours after beet-nosed Mr. McKellar and his Tennessee colleague, Senator Tom Stewart, had called at the White House to try to head it off. Said McKellar: "We protested with all the vigor and zeal we have."

Loud-mouthed Kenneth McKellar had been roaring against businesslike, liberal-minded TVAman...

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