Nation: Even Stephen

Harry Truman had some big appointments to make. For a while he was racked with indecision. Then suddenly he made up his mind.

To the Court. To be the 13th Chief Justice of the U.S. he chose Frederick Moore Vinson, 56, the old friend and versatile Kentuckian who had ably managed the Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion and been Treasury Secretary for eleven months.

The Chief Justiceship had presented a tough problem in high politics. The divided and disorganized Court (TIME, May 13) had made the elevation of any of the Associate Justices just about impossible (the President's early choice had been...

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