National Affairs: A Friend of the President

Long before Jim Finnegan moved into the headlines as a friend of Bill Boyle's, St. Louis knew him for a lawyer-politico with a bright-hued future. In 1944, Franklin Roosevelt appointed him U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue in St. Louis. In the Truman era, Finnegan—an old and close friend of Harry Truman's—took more round trips to Washington than any other Democrat in town. He was talked about as possible mayor of St. Louis, federal judge or even U.S. Senator from Missouri.

Last week a St. Louis federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment against Jim Finnegan. He was charged with twice accepting bribes...

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