THE NATION: An American Politician

Upstairs in her Georgetown house, surrounded by the memorabilia of her family, Mrs. Robert Taft waited for the rites to begin on Capitol Hill. She had been with her husband through all his defeats —when Willkie beat him at the 1940 convention, when Dewey beat him at the 1948 convention, and finally, when Eisenhower beat him at Chicago last year. Taft had always lost the greatest, most venturesome battles of his career. Now he had lost this one, but without her.

He had insisted on Tuesday, when she flew to New York to...

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