Last week the White House announced these nominations and appointments:

¶ To be Ambassador to Ireland: William Howard Taft III, scholarly eldest son of the Senator, grandson and namesake of the late President and Chief Justice. Taft, 37, avidly sought the appointment (left vacant by the death last October of Francis P. Matthews), and has much to recommend him: he is an official of the Central Intelligence Agency, an authority on Gaelic culture, and he lived for some time in Ireland as a member of the postwar ECA mission there (his fourth,...

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