VIRGIN ISLANDS: Native Governor

For the Virgin Islands, one of the tiniest (132 sq. mi.) of U.S. territories, President Eisenhower last week nominated a new Governor and fellow Republican, John David Merwin. He is the youngest (36) and the first native-born islander of the eight civil Governors named since the U.S. bought the Virgins from Denmark in 1917 for $25 million.

Lawyer Merwin comes from one of the four so-called "royal families" of St. Croix, largest of the islands. His great-greatgrandfather on the maternal side migrated from Ireland in the early 1800s; his paternal grandfather was a Connecticut Yankee who arrived in 1885. When...

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