John F. (for Francis) Kennedy came out of a Gillette Safety Razor stockroom last fall to be elected Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by nearly 200,000 votes. He did not have much education (seventh grade plus some night courses) or experience (he had graduated from the WPA to stockroom clerk), but his name on the ballot looked just like that of popular and able U.S. Senator John F. (for Fitzgerald) Kennedy.

No believer in the inevitable superiority of college graduates, Treasurer Kennedy forthwith appointed his brother, James A. (for Austin) Kennedy,...

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