In the striped-pants sectors of the State Department, handsome John Emil Peurifoy had been looked upon as the mechanic who tended strictly to the cogs of State's clanking administrative machinery. Last week Harry Truman nominated Mechanic Peurifoy—now a $15,000 Deputy Under Secretary for Administration—to the striped-pants job of Ambassador to Greece (succeeding cherubic, 68-year-old Henry Grady, transferred to trouble-spot Iran).

Even though Congress instinctively mistrusts most State Department careerists, the Senate would probably confirm 42-year-old Jack Peurifoy with little trouble. Fifteen years ago, after a brief tour at West Point cut short by his father's death and his own pneumonia,...

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