National Affairs: New Senator from Kentucky

When Virgil Chapman moved up to the U.S. Senate in 1948, the man who stepped into his old seat as Congressman from Kentucky's Bluegrass sixth district was Thomas R. Underwood, 53, a husky, bushy-haired newspaper editor (the Lexington Herald) and amiable, self-effacing member of Kentucky's ruling Democratic Big Five. Last week Tom Underwood stepped up to replace Chapman once again. Nine days after Virgil Chapman's death as a result of a Washington automobile accident (TiME, March 19), Congressman Underwood was named to fill the Senate vacancy.†

The son of a politically minded editor and a mother who also played politics (she headed...

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