In 13 years as a U.S. Representative, Republican Edwin Arthur Hall of Binghamton, N.Y. put his thumbprint on not one important piece of legislation, but worked his fingers to the bone doing 250,000 favors (by his count) for his constituents. He campaigned under a slogan of his own: "Hall for all means all for Hall."

Last December, Hall's district was consolidated with that of Representative W. Sterling ("Stubby") Cole, a hard-working and respected member of the Joint Congressional Committee on Atomic Energy. The two men had to fight it out for the Republican...

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