In his early 20s, Henry Agard Wallace was an Iowa Republican, a member of his grandfather's Calvinistic church, and mostly occupied in experimenting with hybrid corn.
He left his grandfather's church and the Republicans. In politics, he went left; in religion, he became an Episcopalian, then for a space floundered around in Asiatic mysticism with a Russian theosophist dubbed "Guru."
In 1940, he became Vice President of the U.S.
In 1944, the presidency seemed to be in his grasp. The C.I.O. was noisily for him; Franklin Roosevelt said he wanted him as running mate...