When North Carolina's Senator J. Melville Broughton died early this month, after only four months in office, the pressure squads closed in fast on Governor Kerr Scott to push their favorite candidates. But last week Kerr Scott tore up their lists and shook Tarheel professionals to their political roots. The man he chose for the seat was the University of North Carolina's scrappy little President Frank Porter Graham (TIME, Jan. 3), who has made a career of fighting old Southern prejudices.

For beleaguered Administration leaders, 62-year-old Dr. Graham would provide a dependable, much-needed vote right where it counted most. He had...

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