First Widow

In Austin, Tex., Marian McGregor Payne, 29, announced her candidacy for the State Legislature. She thus became the first U.S. hero's widow of World War II to run for political office. Her husband, Lieut. Colonel John Payne, son of a University of Texas professor, was in the first contingent of U.S. flyers to reach the Mediterranean. He was killed a year ago. Cairo's big army airport is named for him. Mrs. Payne, with a four-year-old daughter to support, has already begun studying law. Last week no male Texan appeared ungallant or injudicious enough to contest her candidacy.


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